Queen's Speech 2014: Council redundancy payouts to be tackled

By MJ Correspondent | 04 June 2014

The ‘revolving door’ culture of big pay-offs for senior public servants taking redundancy will be tackled, it was announced in this morning’s Queen’s Speech.

Remuneration for senior council officers has come under the spotlight in recent months, with the communities and local government committee announcing an inquiry, which will hold an oral evidence session today.

'The government has announced that it will stop public sector employees from keeping redundancy payments when returning to the public sector,' said Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) think tank.

Dr Carr-West added: 'A popular move. but could this have implications for the freedom of councils to employ, and fire, who they want to?'

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