10 October 2011
Council workers receive redundancy package before re-employment
Employment and redundancy has been a topic of debate at Stoke-On-Trent City Council of late, as it has emerged workers were handed payments when they left the organisation only to be re-employed at a later date.
The Daily Mail reports that a Freedom of Information request shows around £330,000 was spent in compensation packages for 25 employees.
However, these people were later hired again by the council - which is the 44th largest local authority area by population in England and Wales - with one individual spending just 27 days away from the local authority before returning in a new role.
In addition, two workers were away from their posts for 32 days after agreeing on a settlement.
Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "The council should have tried to find alternative roles internally for these staff before they made them redundant or before they started claiming for their pension."
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