Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thurrock Council #youcouldntmakeitup

THURROCK Council spent more than £900,000 suspending staff on full pay over the last five years, shock new figures reveal.

 We revealed in July 2008 how it had spent £538,720 suspending staff since 2006.  Since then, the authority spent a further £409,940 on “gardening leave”.  The council suspended 54 staff between 2007 and 2010, paying out £588,606.

Of those suspended, 23 were on full pay for more than six months, and 15 for more than a year.

John Kent, fears this is “just the tip of the iceberg” and described the figures as “outrageous”.  He added: “This only tells half the story. When people are suspended you have to pay someone else to do their job.

My comment: So the true cost to the taxpayer is £1.8 Million or on average  £360,000 a year just to fund gardening leave.

Read the full story from the source Thurrock Gazette

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