Axed public servants walk away with payouts of at least £100,000

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AT LEAST 18 organisations in the region have made redundancy packages of at least £100,000 to staff in the past three years.

Several employees have left with deals costing more than £200,000, including lump sum redundancy payments and pension contributions.

The biggest redundancy package was to a Sheffield Teaching Hospitals employee, who left with a deal worth nearly £300,000. It is not known how much of that was a lump sum payment and how much was pension contributions.

A Sheffield Teaching Hospitals spokesman said: ”The figure of £294,115 was a total figure that related to redundancy payment plus capitalised pension payments to the NHS Pensions Authority under the then rules which provided for early receipt of pension with added years top-up.”

The biggest redundancy package from Barnsley Primary Care Trust also topped £200,000.

A spokesman for NHS Barnsley said: “The PCT has made a number of compulsory and voluntary redundancies in 2010/11 in relation to the requirements to making management cost reductions in both our Commissioning and Provider services.”

NHS Wakefield’s annual accounts also reveal its biggest exit deal cost it £245,602.00.

Yorkshire Forward, Calderdale Council, NHS Rotherham, East Riding PCT, Doncaster PCT and North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have all seen employees leave with redundancy packages worth more than £150,000 in the last three years.

Some deals are high because they include pension liabilities and can take into account length of continuous service, including at other public bodies.