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South Kesteven District Council refuses to give pay-off details for former chief executive Aidan Rave after Freedom of Information request by the Stamford Mercury

South Kesteven District Council has responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by the Mercury demanding answers on the departure of former chief executive Aidan Rave and other senior officers.

Received two days later than the statutory 20-day deadline for FOIs, the response refuses to draw on details of any pay-off received by Mr Rave, who left the local authority suddenly in July.

An SKDC spokesman said Mr Rave left to “pursue new ventures”, but several sources said his departure followed a spat with then leader of the council Matthew Lee. Coun Lee has since resigned as leader of the local Conservative Group and has left the running of the council to his deputy, Coun Kelham Cooke, until a new leader is chosen.

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