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Harrow Borough Council pays employee £140,000 not to work
Harrow Borough Council has paid a former employee nearly £140,000 not to work.
The unnamed senior education officer has been paid £137,000 since he was suspended two and a half years ago.
The former employee has been paid more than £50,000 a year since he was suspended pending a police investigation.
A council spokesman said: “An employee of the council was suspended pending a 12-month investigation by the police before any charges were made and a subsequent criminal trial took place eight months later.
“The individual was acquitted but following a further council investigation is no longer an employee of the council. The length of the process was largely out of our control and this was an exceptional case.
“Harrow complies fully with employment law and aims to deal with all cases in a timely manner.
“It’s important that we always co-operate with other agencies including the police and the safeguarding authorities.
“Everyone is entitled to a fair hearing in accordance with our disciplinary policy and the law and fairness should not be sacrificed for the sake of expediency.”