100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts "eye-watering" golden handshakes

100,000-plus pay-offs for 135 council officials: MP blasts 'eye-watering' golden handshakesCouncils have spent between 100,000 and 420,000 to 135 staff Many have started other lucrative public sector jobs since leavingMinister says pay-offs show 'a lack of respect' to taxpayers By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 02:08 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:48 GMT, 2 January 2013 Councils have given six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ to more than 100 officials in the past year. Despite town halls complaining about funding cuts, they gave compensation packages of between 100,000 and 420,000 to some 135 members of staff for leaving their jobs. Many of the workers have since taken up high-paid jobs elsewhere in the public sector, including positions in Whitehall.