News: Hampshire County Council is paying out more than £7m in redundancy packages to senior staff, the BBC has learned. The authority is axing 150 senior posts, with an average salary of £75,000, as part of plans to make £55m of savings over the next four years.

But opponents have criticised the average package of about £46,000 each – which is above the statutory payout. The county council said the move would ultimately save £36m which justified the upfront costs from its reserves. Under legal statutory redundancy guidelines, a manager aged 50 who has been at the council for 15 years would get just under £8,000.

Under Hampshire’s compulsory scheme this rises to £28,000 but under enhanced terms they can leave with £56,000.

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