South Gloucestershire Council laid off nearly 100 fewer staff in 2018 than the year, before but still racked up around £1m in redundancy payouts.
The authority made 125 people redundant in 2017/18, at a cost of roughly £1.6million. Last year, there were only 30 compulsory redundancies, but they added up to around £1m – chiefly because of large payments to made three individuals.
A council spokesman said: “There were a number of redundancies in 2018/19, following reorganisation within the council as part of our ongoing work to improve the value for money as we continue to deliver our priorities and the services people need.
“A number of individuals received contractual redundancy payments as part of this process, which are capped by the council’s policy.
“The total costs to the council (described as ‘exit packages’) includes pension costs payable to the pension fund to comply with pension rules.”
Altogether the council paid out almost £1.25m in severance payments in 2018/19, compared with nearly £2.05million the previous financial year.