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WALES: Councils sack 400 in the last two years.

Byline: By TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

VIOLENCE, bullying, dishonesty and falsifying records were some reasons council workers in North Wales were suspended or sacked.

Welsh local authorities said more than 400 employees have been dismissed in the last two years.

The figures were obtained by Plaid AM Chris Franks under the Freedom of Information Act showed the longest time a staff member was suspended was 18 months with more than pounds 1m a year paid to staff under investigation.

In Denbighshire, four were suspended in housing and social services and two dismissed. The longest suspension was seven months and two weeks costing over pounds 14,800. Reasons for suspension ranged from negligence, to breach of trust and dishonesty.

Six were suspended in the environment department and three dismissed, with the longest suspension of more than 17 months.

Pay costs amounted to pounds 43,000, with allegations of bullying and harassment and gross misconduct.

Gwynedd had 10 suspensions and six dismissals over the period, the longest suspension 12 months.

Reasons included dishonesty, violence, and child protection issues. The cost of suspended staff wages was more than pounds 91,000.

Wrexhamrevealed 13 suspensions and five dismissals, the longest suspension 15 months. Cost of pay for the suspended was pounds 123,000.

These included allegations of a criminal matter, child protection, and threatening behaviour.

In YnysMon, there were five suspensions and two dismissals, the longest suspension 30 weeks.

Reasons for suspension included unacceptable behaviour, falsifi cation of records and workplace bullying. Staff costs while on suspension were pounds 22,000.

Flintshire and Conwy did not respond.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Dec 30, 2008
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