COUNCIL workers who pocketed £330,000 in redundancy payments later returned to work for their old employer in new roles.
One redundant worker who agreed a redundancy package with Stoke-on-Trent City Council spent just 27 days away from the authority before returning to a new job.
A further two workers waited just 32 days after agreeing a settlement before being re-employed at the council.
Figures obtained by The Sentinel show £330,603 has been paid out in compensation packages, which includes the notice period, to 25 workers who have since taken new jobs with the authority in the last six years.
It has also emerged that eight members of staff are "double-dipping" – claiming a pension after retiring from their positions with the council, but now being paid wages for a new job.
Critics have blamed "bad management" and claim the workers should have been re-deployed within the authority, instead of being allowed to pocket pay-offs first.
My comment: Another public sector 'you couldn't make it up' story. It's only taxpayer's money they are wasting so I don't suppose they care. The person who allowed this to happen should be sacked and never allowed back.
It is clear from other articles on this blog that officers not councillors control Stoke City Council.
"FIFTEEN top officers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council claimed a share of £115,000 in expenses for moving house to take up their jobs, but none of them actually moved to the city." Read more here.
"Newly elected councillors in Stoke-on-Trent are being asked to sign what is effectively a gagging order that prevents them ‘criticising’ the City Council." Read more here.
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