In just one year alone, Mid and East Antrim Council spent over £1 million on golden goodbyes to 31 staff, our investigation found. This included two payments worth over £100,000, with the largest payment standing at £107,312.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, which published the findings, our investigations campaign manager Elliot Keck said:
"These golden goodbyes will be a kick in the teeth for local taxpayers.
"Redundancy payments are a normal part of doing business, but local authorities should be expected to keep them under control.
"Council bosses should ensure that some of these sums aren't repeated."
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