Public sector employees suspended on full pay cost taxpayers £46m

During the past three years, over 5,000 public sector employees have been suspended on full pay AND the true figure could be more!

According to a recent investigation, over the last three years, around £46 million of taxpayer’s money has been spent on public sector employees who have been suspended on full pay.

ITV’s Tonight programme, discovered that over 5,000 public sector members of staff were suspended on full pay during this time period within our NHS trusts, police forces and county councils across England and Wales AND this figure could be a lot higher, as less than half of these public sector’s provided the programmes researchers with complete answers to freedom of information questions.

Public sector employees suspended on full pay cost taxpayers £46m

NHS staff among those suspended on full pay over the past three years

The investigation found that in a number of cases, some employees were suspended for over a year and one individual was suspended for nearly three years.

Of those suspended for over one year, nineteen were NHS workers, costing the taxpayer over £1 million and fourteen were police officers, also costing the taxpayer around £1m.

Alarmingly, the most costly individual case that was reported concerned a police inspector, who was suspended for over two years but still received £120,000 in pay.

The programme was told by workplace dispute experts, that suspension on full pay is more often than not used as a way of avoiding an Employment Tribunal case, which could result in an expensive compensation pay out.

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