Council pay-offs slashed

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MAXIMUM redundancy payments to Doncaster Council staff are to be slashed by 50 per cent.

Councillors have approved cutting the maximum pay-off to staff set to lose their jobs from 60 weeks’ pay to 30 weeks’ salary.

A decision on other aspects of staff pay and conditions was deferred by the behind-closed-doors meeting. Doncaster Council has denied claims that this could mean 20 per cent pay cuts.

The council, which is now looking at compulsory redundancies after around 700 workers left voluntarily, is forced with making £71 million of savings.

Chief executive Rob Vincent said: “To say that staff will all face cuts of 20 per cent is just not accurate. It is right that we consider modernising our terms and conditions as it may be a way of avoiding some copmulsory redundancies.”

Plans to scrap free car parking spaces for council staff were also approved.

The move will affect 118 staff who use their cars for their job.

People earning over £41,616 would be £700 a year worse off.