Employment and Appointments Committee (Wirral Council) 27th March 2013 Compromise Contracts Part 2

A page detailing the money paid out to former Wirral employees in compromise contracts between November 2012 and March 2013

As at least one reader has according to Wirral Council, an obsessive interest in compromise contracts, so this is for you and the small numbers of people actually interested in the subject.

Item 11 was originally an exempt appendix, but councillors decided not to consider it in exempt session (although it’s still not published on Wirral Council’s website).

Page 56 was blank (so I didn’t scan it in), but here’s page 55 (click for a larger version).

Compromise Contracts

It details the £¼ million paid out by Wirral Council to nine employees in compromise contracts since mid-November. So why did the officers want to keep this page a secret? The covering report contains the line “Compromise Contracts for EVR exercises should remain within the bounds of existing delegated authority and policies.” Reading between the lines does that mean HR could make a whistleblower redundant under the guise of redundancy which would avoid any democratic scrutiny of the compromise contract? Answers in the comments please.

Employment & Appointments Committee – 27th January Part 7

Cllr Davies asked what the speed of the decision would be. He was answered that it would be made within the next couple of weeks.

Cllr Green said it was a “very, very big exercise”. It was a “huge exercise” that was “emotionally and physically demanding”. It was the “biggest exercise ever done” and had been done “humanely”. He said he’d like to place on record his thanks to Chris and her team.

Cllr Bridson said she was happy to support this.

Cllr Davies said he would like to register his concern at the speed with which it was done. He feared for the viability of services left and he needed to register that.

Cllr Green said the work people had put in was “Herculean”. Cllr Bridson said that a yes and gave thanks to the committee.

The committee agreed the recommendations and moved onto item 6 – Managing Attendance.