Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Council suspensions cost £55,000

FIVE council staff were suspended for an average of two-and-a-half months, costing taxpayers £55,381, new figures show.

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Information obtained by The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) pressure group shows the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council employees spent a total 380 days off work.

It asked all West Midlands councils to provide details under The Freedom of Information Act of the number of suspended staff since April 2009.

A TPA spokesman said: “Local authorities have to ensure that investigations involving suspensions are not only dealt with properly, but also as quickly as possible.

“Long drawn out periods of suspension are hugely expensive to taxpayers both in terms of salaries paid and also in legal fees.”

The average absence across the councils and in Solihull was 76 days.

Asked to explain why the staff were suspended, the council only said “disciplinary”.

Reasons for suspensions at other councils included sleeping on the job, sexual misconduct and stealing from members of the public.

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3 comments:

  1. 'Reasons for suspensions at other councils included sleeping on the job, sexual misconduct and stealing from members of the public.' - Bit misleading comment to end on there. Perhaps a FOI request may shed some light on the suspensions?

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  2. The FOI asked for the reasons for suspensions. "Asked to explain why the staff were suspended, the council only said “disciplinary”."

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  3. Thank you - and many thanks for giving up your time to provide this website for your visitors.

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