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BBC under fire over redundancy payment profligacy

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 15, 2012 | 1 min read

The BBC has come under fire after it emerged the organisation had splashed out £4m on redundancy payments to staff, many of whom were subsequently re-employed within the organisation.

Nearly half of around 70 workers to benefit from the scheme, designed to compensate staff unwilling or unable to move to Salford, continued to work as normal after receiving an average payment of around £57k each.

This included 17 employees who simply carried on in the exact same role as before and 15 who took the money – only to later move to Salford anyway to work for private contractors in similar roles.

The situation arose after it emerged that the BBC’s Salford operations were behind schedule, becessitating a ‘dual operation’ to be run from London and Manchester.

In a statement the BBC confirmed that some staff had continued to be employed by the them following their redundancy, but did not receive any pay offs until they had actually left.

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