The first report in our Midlands Councils’ Spending Uncovered series revealed that millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money was spent on flights.
This second report exposes how much these same Local Authorities have spent paying the salaries of employees suspended on full pay.
Local Authorities have to ensure that investigations involving suspensions are not only dealt with properly, but also as quickly as possible. Long drawn out periods of suspension are hugely expensive to taxpayers both in terms of salaries paid and also in legal fees.
Our report highlights the lengths of suspension and the total salary paid to employees throughout councils in the Midlands since April 2009.