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The EDP says...Council ‘gagging orders’ should be a last resort

Compromise or settlement agreements have proved controversial. Pic: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Compromise or settlement agreements have proved controversial. Pic: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Many people will today be surprised to read that £3m of taxpayers’ money has been used for keeping silent staff who have been sacked, made redundant or left in other circumstances.

That is a lot of money that could have potential been spent fixing our roads and keeping the streets clean.

So-called gagging orders are by their very nature secretive - yet while generally they are not favourable, we do do recognise that there are times when they are necessary. There can be many reasons behind why an employee leaves and a quick settlement may sometimes be the best way to resolve an issue, instead of an ongoing legal battle which might cost the taxpayer even more.

Nevertheless for councils seeking to be open and transparent, they should be a last resort.

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  • Indeed this is most worrying to hear. Almost sinister. Wrong doing, waste, incompetence and mismanagement should be reported fairly and openly. This should be fully investigated. If only we knew where we could find some proper journalists to help expose this further? Anyone?

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, April 24, 2017

  • I fail to see how such orders can ever be right. Council officials are 'public servants' , they are employed by the 'people' paid by us and as a tax payer of Norwich, I want to know who or what they might 'whistle blow' on. There are far too many such orders, Police officers who break the law are quietly dealt with in courts outside Norwich, Social workers are refusing to tell parents when sex offenders are living in their area, yet Norwich has more of them per 1000 residents than any other county in England. Far too much of the old boys network is being used to cover up the wrong doers.

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    NR_Proud

    Monday, April 24, 2017

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