Redbridge Council defends £245k redundancy pay out to officer after three years service

PUBLISHED: 16:21 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 16 March 2017

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Justin Setterfield

Redbridge Council has defended paying an officer £245,000 for redundancy after only three years service to the local authority, as part of its ongoing overhaul.

The council’s head of audit Julie Sharp chose to take voluntary redundancy following the chief executive’s overhaul, and tonight’s council papers revealed the eye-watering cost.

But the council defended this, with a spokesman saying: “The majority of the one off cost that has been quoted is the council’s obligation to ensure that the pension scheme is adequately funded and it would be incorrect to consider it represents a single payment made to an individual.

“We do not generally comment on the circumstances of individual members of staff but generally when a local government employee is made redundant they could be entitled to a pension lump sum based on their entitlement under the pension scheme and calculated to include years of service.”

Local authority staff get redundancy payouts based on their length of service in local government, which is not dependent on whether it is for the same council.

Ms Sharp has 11 years of continuous service, despite only three being with Redbridge.

Opposition leader Cllr Paul Canal described the cost as “grotesque”, and claimed that Redbridge officers and Labour councillors were unaware of the high figure until it reached committee level.

This payout is the latest in a long list, as part of an ongoing restructure which started in early 2016.

Since January 1 last year the whole senior leadership team has changed, at redundancy costs which the Recorder understands are now over the £1million mark.

The council says this will streamline the operation and it aims to save £200,000.

The spokesman added: “The benefits of this new structure include a continued strengthening of the focus on governance and assurance and ensuring greater efficiencies in the audit process.

“It will also allow us to look at our new investigation powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act and assist in taking the strongest possible action against those who commit fraud.”

Related articles

1 comment

  • Just happens to be our money the Chief Executive is giving away, not his own. I do not agree entirely with Cllr Canal. It is not grotesque, it is outrageous that a relatively new CEO is off-loading people in order to surround himself with his own acolytes.

    Report this comment

    Morris Hickey

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Ilford News Stories


Have you ever wandered down your local high street and realised you visit, or know of, less than half the shops in the area?

Yesterday, 18:30

A women’s group broke bread with homeless guests observing Ramadan at a hostel.

Yesterday, 17:52

Sikhs in Ilford handed out free cool drinks to shoppers in the summer heat as part of a traditional celebration this weekend.

Yesterday, 16:49

A joyful celebration of the arts saw students from across Redbridge battle it out to prove they had the gift of the gab.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now