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Council offers staff one-off voluntary redundancy deal

Council offers staff one-off voluntary redundancy deal

Members of staff at a local authority in the north of England are set to be offered a settlement of up to 12 months pay for voluntary redundancy, it has emerged.

According to a leaked memo obtained by the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland City Council is looking to save an additional £100 million by 2015 on top of its pre-planned budget adjustments.

And, due to the fact the body is some £5 million short of its target for this year, it has decided to offer 6,800 of its employees the chance to take advantage of a "one-off time-limited opportunity" of receiving a full years' salary if they leave their posts.

This severance package will not be subject to tax up to a maximum of £30,000 and the council described the deal as a "substantially" better offer than standard redundancy agreements.

Sue Stanhope, director of human resources and organisational development at the authority, commented: "The council continues to look at efficiencies and savings and these latest proposals are part of that process."

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Posted by Chris Stevenson