Coun­cil pays out £180,000 in com­pro­mise deals

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A Devon coun­cil has handed out al­most £180,000 in the last three years to ex-staff to stop them mak­ing a claim against the au­thor­ity.

Tor­bay Coun­cil has made 17 com­pro­mise agree­ments to­talling more than £176,363.38 be­tween 2016 and 2018. Com­pro­mise agree­ments can have con­fi­den­tial­ity or­ders at­tached and are usu­ally set up when an em­ployee fac­ing re­dun­dancy or work­place is­sues leaves.

Un­der the deals, also known as “set­tle­ment agree­ments”, an em­ployer asks the em­ployee to sign on the line in re­turn for a pay-off. The to­tal was dis­closed af­ter a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest, but the au­thor­ity re­fused to give a break­down of the in­di­vid­ual deals.

The coun­cil’s pay pol­icy says it en­ters set­tle­ment agree­ments only in “ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances” and when it makes fi­nan­cial sense.

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