Pay-offs and pension costs for a handful of staff who have left Teignbridge Council will cost taxpayers over £500,000 it has been revealed.
Five staff shared £292,850 while the ‘pension strain’ for four council officers will cost £219,600 over the next three years, councillors will be told on Wednesday (September 25) when they meet.
The figures are shown in a report to councillors about the ‘management restructuring’ launched by the Conservative-run council.
Combined, the bill to the taxpayer for the handful of former staff comes to £512,450, explained Liberal Democrat opposition leader, Cllr Alan Connett.
In addition, the Conservative-run council is estimating a ’shortfall’ in the council’s superannuation fund of almost £156,000 between now and 2016-17, added Cllr Connett.
“The council has been very secretive about these management changes. We have had to ask for information about who has left the authority, and sometimes only learned about it by accident,” he explained.
“We were promised a full report this month – but while they want to talk up the savings they say will be made from next year, there’s been no mention in the report about the redundancy pay-offs or pension costs.
“The figures are just tucked away in an appendix to the short report. Clearly, they don’t want to highlight how much council tax payers’ money is being spent on pay-offs and pensions, just as they don’t include the cost of the council’s chief executive salary in the report,” said Cllr Connett.
Under the ‘cost cutting’ changes, the top director level of management at Teignbridge Council, has increased by one, said to add up to £59,000 a year to the authority’s pay bill.
“At a time when the Conservatives want to close public toilets, pull out of CCTV services, and cut back on help for the poorest in our community, they have employed another chief officer at extra cost, but complain they have to cut back on services residents would like to keep,” added Cllr Connett.
(from a press release)