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.
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