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WLGA: How pay-offs can help councils save

Cash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales has learned.

The cost of pay-offs jumped from £17.2m in 2012-13 to nearly £31m in 2013-14.

Council leaders defended redundancies for delivering short-term savings and longer-term efficiencies by cutting the annual pay bill.

They also claimed the pay-offs were less generous than other parts of the public sector such as the NHS.

Anna Freeman, director of employment with the Welsh Local Government Association, told BBC Wales Political Editor Nick Servini that redundancy packages were becoming less generous in the climate of budget cutbacks.

  • 24 Jul 2014
  • From the section Wales
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