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Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Nickie Aiken Nickie Aiken Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 2:02 pm, 13th March 2020

As a former local government leader, I was involved in many cases in which we had to ensure that the person leaving had received the correct money and final settlement, but does my hon. Friend agree that some of these people have often been working for a local authority —I can only speak for local authorities—for decades? Their salaries will have increased over time, and there should, whatever the legislation, be flexibility in such cases. If a case is sensitive, the local authority should be given powers to ensure that that person is given the amount of money that they are due, but not too much for the public purse.