Council agrees new round of early retirements

Scottish Borders Council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.
Scottish Borders Council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

A senior legal manager, on a gross salary of £65,000, is to leave Scottish Borders Council in the latest round of early retirement deals at Newtown, writes Andrew Keddie.

The unnamed female, a qualified solicitor, is one of six SBC employees – out of 13 who applied to quit in the past three months – whose departure was agreed at last week’s full council meeting.

The others are administrative or clerical assistants in education, social work and business support on salaries ranging from £20,000 to £29,000.

None of the employees will be replaced and their posts will now be deleted from SBC’s staffing establishment.

Councillors heard that the deals would incur one-off costs of £195,000 and result, after just over a year, in annual recurring savings of £177,000.

Conservative opposition councillor Gavin Logan sought an assurance that the senior manager’s departure would not have an adverse impact on the work of the legal services department.

Councillor Michael Cook, who has special responsibility for human resources, gave that assurance, adding that all the deals had been approved by service directors.