23 March 2012
Hampshire council to spend £27m on redundancies
Hampshire County Council is spending £27 million on redundancy packages from 2010-13.
Some 83 staff who earn between £40,000 and £66,000 a year are to go and so they are set to receive generous packages, the Daily Echo reports.
In total, over 800 employees opted to enter the enhanced voluntary redundancy scheme, with only 16 people being forced to leave on compulsory terms.
It is part of the local authority's attempts to save some £100 million from its budget over a two-year period.
Conservative council boss councillor Ken Thornber has defended the approach of the local authority, stating: "Had we chosen to implement widespread compulsory redundancies this would have caused significant disruption across the organisation and services."
He added the additional costs associated with management and human resources would have been excessive.
Mr Thornber - who represents the Brockenhurst area - stated there were many more advantages to going down the voluntary path.
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Posted by Francesca Witney