A member of staff in Amenity Services at Argyll and Bute Council was offered and voluntarily accepted redundancy and a redundancy payment.
That payment was approved at the last meeting of the council.
The information put before the council to approve was simply that the total saving made over a 3 year period by granting this employee voluntary redundancy is £67,785.00 and the cost to the Council is £78,623.43.
The council has a rule that requires a payback period of less than three years for any voluntary redundancy.
This carefully phrased statement – to largely less than comfortably numerate councilors – glides over the fact that the payment breaches the rule by an excess amount of £10,838.43 – 15.9% more than can be paid back in three years.
Strategic Finance is now the only responsibilty retained to herself by the Chief Executive, Sally Loudon, so presumably this move was put through the council under her aegis?
It has long been noticeable that too many councillors in Argyll and Bute Council have a real problem where numbers are concerned – and this is another example of it.
They don’t even know when they are approving breaches of their own council’s rules.