Figures showed that 1,600 public sector bosses received pay-offs of £100,000 or more in 2016/17 at a cost of £198m. And ever since then it’s got worse.
A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesman said “Councils are responsible for the management and organisation of their workforce but we expect them to always ensure taxpayers get value for money”.
The utterly useless former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged in May 2015 to end six-figure payoffs in the public sector. The Government said the move would save millions of pounds for the taxpayer. It then took more than five years for the policy to be implemented.
Now, apparently just thirty council officials received ‘golden goodbyes’ of more than £250,000 each in the ‘stampede’ before laws to curb hefty payoffs take effect.
Councils in England spent more than £220 million on thousands of departing staff this year , with one official in Dorset picking up almost £1 million. The sums are revealed as new regulations that come into force on Wednesday cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000.
Thirty officials walked away with packages of more than £250,000. Dorset Council paid out £13.3 million in termination payments, including £986,354 to one person.
Some bosses, including a director of planning at Haringey Council in London, were paid exit packages of hundreds of thousands of pounds in 2019/20 and then walked into other jobs in local government.
In 2019 however, the FDA union said the move ‘demonised’ senior managers to hide the human impact of the policy. Its General Secretary, Dave Penman, said ‘Not satisfied with previous cuts to the pay, pensions and redundancy arrangements of public servants, the Government is now imposing a further attack on redundancy terms. It is completely disingenuous of Liz Truss, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury, to dress this up as a way to ‘stop large pay-outs for senior managers’.
Well, that’s one way to look at it? Taking redundancy at huge cost to council tax payers, then walking into another council job. Take your cake and eat it! Here in West Lancashire we’ve watched helpless as senior officers take the loot and bugger off, then WLBC does a re-shuffle, recruits replacements under different job names and guess what, we don’t notice any difference!