It’s now emerged that no less than 6 members of Penarth Town Council staff have left their jobs because they don’t want to work in what’s described as a “new staff structure“.
The council had already reported what it called “motivation and morale issues” at the council’s HQ at West House (see PDN http://tinyurl.com/z9l8sb4). There have also been allegations of the bullying of staff over a number of years.
Council documents say 5 staff have quit the council – and all applied to leave their jobs through the council’s “voluntary severance” arrangements . However PDN understands the number which actually left is 6. The council paid out out £5,282 in 2015/16 on redundancy and severance payments – having made no such payments in 2014/15 . The total council payroll for the current year (2016/17) is budgeted at £283,719 – an all time high.
The press and the public had been excluded from the council committee at which the issue was discussed.The departure of 5 of the staff only come to light in subsequent minutes.
It’s understood that the total number of staff at the council is now about 18 – more than ever before. The town council’s responsibilities are to run Penarth Cemetery, the Paget Rooms, the Kymin and West House and to hire out “Leisure-gardens” (i.e. plots) at three different locations in the town.