Name mix-up costs Kent council £20,000

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Human error is being blamed for a mix-up over payments to Kent County Council (KCC) leader Paul Carter which cost the authority more than £20,000.

Allowances of £21,398 intended for Mr Carter for a period of seven months were paid by mistake to a maintenance fitter with the same name.

KCC managed to recover only £769 from the other Paul Carter, who worked at Aylesford Commercial Services Depot.

The council said the employee left the UK and it had been unable to trace him.

Glenn Campbell reports.

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