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Redundancy Payouts Cost Council £10M

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WALES’ biggest council has spent nearly £10m on redundancy payments in the past three years, according to a new study of local government spending.

Cardiff council made 607 employees redundant between 2007 and 2010, at a cost of £9.94m and an average payout of £16,391.

A joint investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism – a not-for-profit organisation based at City University in London – and Channel 4 News placed Cardiff fifth in the UK for council redundancy payouts.

However several large councils declined to answer Freedom of Information requests, citing employee confidentiality.

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/11/03/redundancy-payouts-cost-council-10m-91466-27589984/#ixzz14CxhjwqP

So some got a lot less than 16K and some got a lot more than 16K.

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Redundancy is a time when one legitimately needs a few quid. Becomes scandalous if it's blatently combined with getting hired back, e.g. as consultant, by the same organisation.

But surely, a council's activities should be relatively stable over time. Making 600 people redundant over three years smells of mismanagement. Unless it's a big change like outsourcing something, and that presumably involves the people doing the outsourced job coming back under new management, so not real redundancy.

I guess telling us anything useful about those redundancies would be beyond the wit of a journalist.

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