More than £57 million has been spent across the last three years by councils in Wales with regard to employment and redundancy, it has been found.
According to a Freedom of Information request by BBC Wales, the country's 22 local authorities have shelled out the amount in payments to 3,630 people.
Despite the figures, which showed the councils spending the most on redundancies to be Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, the Welsh Local Government Association (WGLA) - representing the interests of the 22 localities, as well as the four police, three fire and rescue and three national park authorities - said officials have been doing everything in their power to reduce job losses.
The WGLA noted times have been particularly tough for councils of late, adding: "The draft Welsh budget showed a real term cut in local government revenue funding for 2012/13 and this is in the context of a rising demand for high quality services."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson