RCT have paid out £7,722,000 to 369 employees, in severance payments to staff leaving the council in 2013-14 – a figure up from £3,052,000 in 2012-13. Opposition leaders say this could run into millions more if more jobs are lost.
The news comes in the same week that cabinet members met to consider the possibility of a merger with Merthyr Tydfil council, which would result in yet more job losses.
Cllr. Jarman of Plaid Cymru said “The bill for severance is already rising because of the cuts that are being made as a result of the austerity agenda and this won’t change next year even if we have a change of government at UK level.
“History tells us there will be fewer jobs if reorganisation goes ahead.”
According to the council’s Statement of Accounts 2013-14, 369 employees left the authority with 18 of those due to compulsory contract terminations.
In 2013-14, six employees received severance payments between £100,001 and £150,000, a further six received payments between £80,001 and £100,000, and 13 employees received payments of between £60,001 and £80,000.
Earlier this year, the Williams Commission said the number of Welsh councils should be cut and First Minister Carwyn Jones supports replacing Wales’ current 22 authorities with just 12.