Pickles to end council ‘golden goodbyes’

Decisions to dismiss council chief executives and finance directors will no longer be subject to independent review, Eric Pickles said today. The local government secretary said he wanted to clear up the ‘legal minefield’ that can pressure councils into handing out ‘bumper pay-offs’ to senior officers they want to dismiss. He had previously said the cost of payouts to redundant town hall chiefs had hampered attempts to pool staff and resources between authorities.

Pickles pledged to change regulations requiring an independent person, usually a Queen’s Counsel lawyer, to review dismissal and disciplinary cases for chief executives, chief finance officers and monitoring officers.

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