Employment lawyer Stefan Cross said the payments were unique in his experience and he was not clear whether they were lawful. “£1,000 without any obligations or commitments and no admission of liability? That's £6m of taxpayers' money straight into workers' accounts without any good reason. I'd be interested to see what the district auditor has to say about that.”
The story from LGCNet also reveals that the urban design department has already lost 14% of the staff from the urban design department - highly skilled people with experience that should transfer nicely to the private sector.
I don't think we've heard the last of this little story by a long way and I'm fully expecting serious disruption when the details are finally unveiled. It is going to get VERY messy.
[A hat tip to another esteemed blog reader who shall remain anonymous]