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Why staff at Vale of Glamorgan Council have been sacked or disciplined in the last year; Incidents involve unauthorised absences, financial irregularities and an allegation of taking a gun into a youth centre.

Byline: Matt Discombe

Council staff in the Vale of Glamorgan have been disciplined for unauthorised absences, financial irregularities and even allegations relating to having a gun into a youth centre in the past year.

A total of 29 members ofVale of Glamorgan Council staffhave been through disciplinary action in the 12 months leading up to May this year.

Among the incidents, a council staff member is "alleged to have engaged with youths with a gun/weapon brought into Llantwit Youth centre". They received a final written warning for the incident in January, a Freedom of Information Act request revealed.

The council dismissed five staff during that period - three of whom were employed in the council's Learning and Skills department, which manages the Vale's schools, youth services, libraries and learning centres.

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One of those council employees lost their job due to 'financial irregularities,' while another was fired due to unauthorised absences.

Another staff member, employed in the council's resources department which includes HR, IT, legal services and finance, was dismissed after "going AWOL" and fraudulently claiming time while not in work.

A council employee was also given a first written warning for fraudulently offering access to a household waste recycling centre.

Final written warnings were handed to two employees working for the council's environment and housing services. One of the employees was disciplined for not wearing a seatbelt whilst driving a work vehicle, while the other was for failing to report an accident.

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Another employee of the council's environment and housing services team was given a first written warning when they were spotted driving down a one way street the one way.

Vale of Glamorgan Council has given no further details of the incidents involving a gun or the financial irregularities.

But a council spokesman said: "The council has strict and comprehensive guidelines regarding staff conduct as set out in its disciplinary procedure.

"Information relating to individual cases is confidential. Each is considered in line with this disciplinary procedure and the appropriate action taken."

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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 29, 2018
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