Council forked out nearly £1million in exit packages last year

council forked out nearly 1million in exit packages last year - Council forked out nearly £1million in exit packages last year

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Bristol City Council paid out nearly £1million in severance pay to 46 employees last year, a report reveals.

The exit packages included cash for 13 members of staff who were made compulsorily redundant and 33 “other departures” in 2019/20.

They are in addition to the £85,800 “compensation for loss of office” the local authority shelled out to Bristol’s Energy’s former managing director Marek Majewicz during the same period.

Not including Mr Majewicz, the council spent £991,000 on payoffs to departing City Hall employees over the 12 months from April 2019 to March 2020.

That is a big reduction on the previous financial year when it stumped up almost £2.7million in severance pay to 96 members of staff, of which 50 were compulsory redundancies.

The payments are revealed in the authority’s annual draft statement of accounts which says: “The numbers and costs include packages agreed at the end of the year but not paid.

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“Costs include the costs of early payment of pension in the cases of early retirement.”

It defines exit packages as “the cost to the council of early termination of staff employment before normal retirement age”.

No reason is given in the report why payoffs were deemed necessary for the 33 “other departures”.

More than half of the 46 exit packages were to workers earning less than £20,000, with eight going to employees on salaries between £20,001 to £40,000.

Seven were for staff on up to £60,000, while one employee earning between £80,001 and £100,000 received a £92,000 payment and another whose salary was between £100,001 and £150,000 pocketed £102,000.

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The 134-page document, which outlines the local authority’s financial transactions that are required to be published by law, does not name any of the recipients and will be discussed by audit committee members on Thursday (Aug 27).

In 2017/18, Bristol City Council made £1.9million in payoffs to 89 employees, which included the controversial £98,000 to former chief executive Anna Klonowski, a payment which auditors later deemed to have been unnecessary under her contract despite council claims at the time.

Bristol City Council has been approached for a comment.

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