Council blows £1million gagging ex-workers

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Council blows £1million gagging ex-workers Council blows £1million gagging ex-workers

COUNTY Hall has come under fire for spending £1.1million of ratepayers’ cash on gagging former staff.

Since 2010, Essex County Council, which is facing a funding black hole of £235million by 2016, blew the eye-watering sum on “compromise or confidentiality agreements” for 69 departed employees.

The highest payout of £80,000 went to a worker in the schools, children, and family department.

Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, councillor Julie Young, questioned senior politicians at the Tory authority on the issue this week.

Ms Young, who represents Wivenhoe St Andrew, said: “Spending more than £1million of public money to effectively silence 69 departing employees is nothing short of excessive.

“These agreements should not be used as a costly tool to brush under the carpet possible council failings, at the taxpayers’ expense.

“The council is promoting, as one of its core principles, openness and transparency with the public, yet this very recent data published on compromise agreements does not provide any reassurance to the public the Council is doing enough.”

She was also critical of the fact such payouts were being made amid cuts to frontline services.

The council has passed plans to let the axe fall on Deanes School in Thundersley, while moves to cut the budget for youth centres and school buses have also been put forward.

J o n a t h a n Isaby, political director of the Tax Paye r s ’ A l l i a n c e , s a i d : “Residents will be alarmed the county council has spent vast amounts of their money on secretive, golden goodbyes in the last few years.

“These compromise agreements are tantamount to gagging orders which effectively buy the silence of former employees and completely go against the principle of openness and transparency.

“These arrangements should not be made behind closed doors, because residents need to be reassured that their cash is not being spent covering up failings or wrongdoing, or on silencing potential whistleblowers. There needs to be a culture of openness.”

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Compromise agreements are not about silencing staff. The use and terms of any compromise agreements, or settlement agreements, are considered on a case by case basis.”

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12:04pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Ian P says...

Now we know why they need to turn off the street lights and leave us all in the dark.
Now we know why they need to turn off the street lights and leave us all in the dark. Ian P

1:11pm Thu 19 Dec 13

shallotman says...

All part of our open government !
All part of our open government ! shallotman

1:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

"Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing."


Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless.

A disgrace.

Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
"Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count. Rochford Rob

3:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
"Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing."


Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless.

A disgrace.

Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience? Lastlaugh,,.

4:30pm Thu 19 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

I would like a refund please. If things were right there would be no need for gagging. disgraceful.
I would like a refund please. If things were right there would be no need for gagging. disgraceful. jolllyboy

5:53pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

How rich, Labour talking about cover ups.

They're all the same.. each one of them covers up for their own.
How rich, Labour talking about cover ups. They're all the same.. each one of them covers up for their own. Kim Gandy

6:35pm Thu 19 Dec 13

ShipShape says...

Were they gagged like in that scene from 'Pulp Fiction'?

I demand pictures of the dungeon AND a full investigation by Echo!
Were they gagged like in that scene from 'Pulp Fiction'? I demand pictures of the dungeon AND a full investigation by Echo! ShipShape

7:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
"Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing."


Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless.

A disgrace.

Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not.

You make Walter Mitty look credible

You Branleur.
[quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur. Rochford Rob

7:18pm Thu 19 Dec 13

gunner2412 says...

The question surely should be - Why were they gagged in the first place? If the Council are doing nothing untoward surely they should not be afraid of somebody talking in public. Perhaps there is a million pounds worth of problems with the council!
The question surely should be - Why were they gagged in the first place? If the Council are doing nothing untoward surely they should not be afraid of somebody talking in public. Perhaps there is a million pounds worth of problems with the council! gunner2412

8:19pm Thu 19 Dec 13

PaulCa says...

Much more on Local Authority gagging here. This includes 345 English Councils:

http://tinyurl.com/c
j7gk85

... This is a survey done on a national scale - which estimates that £142 million pounds has been squandered on these gags.

The vested interests involved are Councils (managing blackened reputations); Unions (conserving members' subscription money) and Solicitors (making £250 to £300 a time, often just for photocopying / changing signatories' names / attending to make it legal).

Check out the Essex County Council response between 2005 and 2010. They claimed it would cost them £450 to provide the information and withheld the information, engaging an exemption within the Freedom of Information Act.

In other words, OK to spend £GodKnowsWhat between 2005 and 2010 and then £1.1 million since 2010, but NOT OK to invest £410 in providing some much needed public oversight.

One can only assume they still have MUCH to hide from their paymasters.
Much more on Local Authority gagging here. This includes 345 English Councils: http://tinyurl.com/c j7gk85 ... This is a survey done on a national scale - which estimates that £142 million pounds has been squandered on these gags. The vested interests involved are Councils (managing blackened reputations); Unions (conserving members' subscription money) and Solicitors (making £250 to £300 a time, often just for photocopying / changing signatories' names / attending to make it legal). Check out the Essex County Council response between 2005 and 2010. They claimed it would cost them £450 to provide the information and withheld the information, engaging an exemption within the Freedom of Information Act. In other words, OK to spend £GodKnowsWhat between 2005 and 2010 and then £1.1 million since 2010, but NOT OK to invest £410 in providing some much needed public oversight. One can only assume they still have MUCH to hide from their paymasters. PaulCa

4:15pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Alekhine says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.
He has got too much time on his hands.

I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]He has got too much time on his hands. I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate. Alekhine

5:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

Alekhine wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.
He has got too much time on his hands.

I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.
His alter ego / new 'friend' Ineverknewthat has become a keyboard warrior because I called his 'friend' a w@nker in French. He called me racist? Eh?? He's as thick as LL - well he would be, given they are probably one and the same.

As usual, he/they can dish it out, but fail badly when they get it in return.

One of them wants a bare knuckle fight.

Five knuckle shuffle more like.
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]He has got too much time on his hands. I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.[/p][/quote]His alter ego / new 'friend' Ineverknewthat has become a keyboard warrior because I called his 'friend' a w@nker in French. He called me racist? Eh?? He's as thick as LL - well he would be, given they are probably one and the same. As usual, he/they can dish it out, but fail badly when they get it in return. One of them wants a bare knuckle fight. Five knuckle shuffle more like. Rochford Rob

6:48pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
"Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing."


Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless.

A disgrace.

Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not.

You make Walter Mitty look credible

You Branleur.
Prove what? Are you saying it doesn't happen?
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]Prove what? Are you saying it doesn't happen? Lastlaugh,,.

6:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Alekhine wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.
He has got too much time on his hands.

I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.
Perhaps making sure you are 'competent' enough before you post might be an idea...

Are you still an advocate of legalising cannabis?
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]He has got too much time on his hands. I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.[/p][/quote]Perhaps making sure you are 'competent' enough before you post might be an idea... Are you still an advocate of legalising cannabis? Lastlaugh,,.

6:55pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lastlaugh,,. says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.
He has got too much time on his hands.

I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.
His alter ego / new 'friend' Ineverknewthat has become a keyboard warrior because I called his 'friend' a w@nker in French. He called me racist? Eh?? He's as thick as LL - well he would be, given they are probably one and the same.

As usual, he/they can dish it out, but fail badly when they get it in return.

One of them wants a bare knuckle fight.

Five knuckle shuffle more like.
Im sure many are concerned with your constant foul language on these boards..your sexual innuendo on a thread about a young lady was totally disgusting...your attitude towards people who may have mental health issue is shocking..and now this sewer language...How on earth are you still posting on these boards!
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]He has got too much time on his hands. I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.[/p][/quote]His alter ego / new 'friend' Ineverknewthat has become a keyboard warrior because I called his 'friend' a w@nker in French. He called me racist? Eh?? He's as thick as LL - well he would be, given they are probably one and the same. As usual, he/they can dish it out, but fail badly when they get it in return. One of them wants a bare knuckle fight. Five knuckle shuffle more like.[/p][/quote]Im sure many are concerned with your constant foul language on these boards..your sexual innuendo on a thread about a young lady was totally disgusting...your attitude towards people who may have mental health issue is shocking..and now this sewer language...How on earth are you still posting on these boards! Lastlaugh,,.

12:04am Sat 21 Dec 13

Alekhine says...

Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Alekhine wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Lastlaugh,,. wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.
Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?
Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.
He has got too much time on his hands.

I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.
Perhaps making sure you are 'competent' enough before you post might be an idea...

Are you still an advocate of legalising cannabis?
Like you care.
[quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lastlaugh,,.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: "Other windfalls to departing staff include £18,000 to an individual from corporate services who was fired for poor performance, and £25,000 for an employee from the same department who was axed after a disciplinary hearing." Only in the public sector can you be rewarded for being useless. A disgrace. Still, it's only money - taxpayers money so it doesn't count.[/p][/quote]Bit like when bad apple cops are allowed to retire before being sacked..with full pensions...know anything about that...perhaps from personal experience?[/p][/quote]Can you prove that? Nope, I thought not. You make Walter Mitty look credible You Branleur.[/p][/quote]He has got too much time on his hands. I wonder if the slip knot ninja will ever be caught only the tooth fairy is waiting for a cell mate.[/p][/quote]Perhaps making sure you are 'competent' enough before you post might be an idea... Are you still an advocate of legalising cannabis?[/p][/quote]Like you care. Alekhine

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