Reforms to public sector exit payments

ASCL expertise and interest is in the education service, and these remarks refer only to that part of the public service. In that context ASCL has very great concerns about these proposals, which appear to be both mean-spirited and liable to damage the public service.
While it is reasonable for a government to be concerned to limit any aspect of public expenditure these proposals would remove flexibilities from public sector employers that they sometimes need to manage effectively. It is likely that the absence of such flexibility would ultimately cost the public purse more as poorly performing staff will remain longer in post and in particular that there would be longer periods of lack of leadership as negotiations with senior staff who need to be removed take longer.

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