Council employees given early retirement or redundancy are taken back on later, it has been revealed.


Caerphilly council has re-employed NINE council employees who took early retirement, severance or redundancy since 2012, it has been revealed.


This has led Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, to question why staff who received severance payments from the authority was later taken back.


Councillor Colin Mann said: “I fully understand in exceptional circumstances, such as the senior pay scandal, why the former chief executive Stuart Rosser was asked to return to assist the authority at a very difficult time.


“What I do not understand is re-employing other staff, who have no doubt received pay-outs to leave the authority for a variety of reasons.


“The council has said that all eight employees, other than Mr Rosser, had to compete with other applicants for the vacancies. But that begs the question, why were staff let go in the first place only to be taken on later? The public will be as baffled as I am, surely there has to be better forward planning.


“Four of those staff were still working at the authority at the end of March 2018, a response to a Freedom of Information request has revealed.


“It is now appropriate, I believe for the Labour controlled authority to look again at its policy to ensure staff are only re-employed in exceptional circumstances.”


·         The current policy states that staff cannot be later re-employed without the express permission of the chief executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member responsible for Human Resources. Full council has to approve the re-employment of the chief executive. The policy does not apply to schools.