A Freedom of Information request has revealed a 400% increase in the number confidential payments being made to staff leaving the York Councils employment since Labour took control of the authority.
“Compromise agreements” are entered into when local authorities (and other employers) reach a financial compromise which facilitates an employee leaving its employment. Sometimes the agreements are reached to avoid the costs of an employment tribunal.
Because the details of the deal remain confidential, taxpayers are kept in the dark about the costs involved. They are therefore controversial and are used sparingly by most Councils.
2007 – 2010 Number of compromise agreements made with former or current staff 6
2010 – 2013 (so far).Number of compromise agreements made with former or current staff 28
All the compromise agreements made in York contain a confidentiality clause.