Guernsey States voluntary severance deal revealed

Guernsey States employees are being offered up to 100 weeks pay if they accept voluntary severance.

The Policy Council has asked all permanent staff if they would like to apply for severance in a bid to cut costs.

In a letter to staff the council said one of the States' biggest costs was employing people at £200m a year.

Employees have until 30 September to apply and receive five weeks pay per year served, with a limit of 20 years.

They have also been offered up to £300 of legal advice ahead of signing an agreement not to undertake legal proceeding against the States, which is one of the conditions of the severance package.

Those taking the payment would receive the first £30,000 tax free.

The States is currently behind its target to cut £31m from its annual budget by the end of 2014.

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