National and Devolved Politics

04.06.18

West Berkshire Council spend over £750,000 on redundancy payments

Severance payments paid out by West Berkshire Council have reached over £750,000 from 2016, prompting concerns over the authority’s spending arrangements.

Figures obtained by Newbury Weekly News found that the council laid off 65 staff from 1 April 2016 to the end of March this year, spending a total of £769,369.65 in severance payments.

Adult social care employees suffered a high number of redundancies, losing 11 staff members — nine from children and family services — were made redundant over the two-year stint.

Education services lost 13 members, and a further 23 public protection and culture staff, which controlled posts such as library employees, were also laid off.

The council said the redundancies were “inevitable” and the pay-offs were done to protect public services, of which the authority aimed to save around £700,000 a year.

In November 2017, West Berkshire cut Citizens Advice funding in to save up to £10m in order to deliver a balanced budget.

 

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