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Former employee claims Redbridge Council is using corrupt methods after her interview panel was made up of manager’s friends

PUBLISHED: 18:16 31 July 2018

Miriam Fox wants to name and shame the council for what they have done. Picture: Ken Mears

Miriam Fox wants to name and shame the council for what they have done. Picture: Ken Mears

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Redbridge Council’s chief financial officer let friends from Havering sit on an interview panel, a former employee has claimed.

Miriam Fox said staff  should have been slotted in. Picture: Ken MearsMiriam Fox said staff should have been slotted in. Picture: Ken Mears

Miriam Fox of Clayhall worked as a financial officer for 17 years before she was made redundant and said the local authority is employing corrupt methods.

“There were vacancies at my grade and the chief financial officer brought in former colleagues from Havering to conduct the interviews,” she said.

“This should never have taken place according to the London Borough of Redbridge’s own policy.

“The policy also stated that at least one manager from another service should be on the panel and there wasn’t.”

Miriam said she lodged an appeal with the council, but it was dismissed and she was given £7,500 redundancy payout.

She claims the local authority then paid to advertise the position.

“We were told there were three parts to the restructuring process including an interview and a test
“The one-to-one part of the selection process wasn’t used due to an “inconsistent approach” - surely something relating to a decision of this magnitude should have been mandatory.

“The Excel test part of the selection process wasn’t a major factor - even though we were told it would be and it was held under test conditions - and other staff with lower scores still secured positions.

“Therefore the main deciding factor was the interview where my responses were incompletely recorded and I was misquoted.”

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said it has had to reduce its workforce for financial reasons and it will not comment on individual cases.

“Last year Redbridge Council had to cut over £30m of its budget as a result of cuts in the government grant.

“In order to protect frontline services we have had to make changes to the way we operate as an organisation and this has included the reorganisation of services.

“Unfortunately, this has meant a reduction in the size of our workforce.

“We recognise that this is a difficult thing for any individual to go through and we have every sympathy for those who have lost their jobs. The council has procedures for those who wish to appeal decisions or who feel aggrieved by the process.”

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