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BRENT PLEDGES TO IMPROVE REDUNDANCY POLICY

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Brent LBC has been cleared of racial discrimination in the case of seven social workers who were made redundant. ...
Brent LBC has been cleared of racial discrimination in the case of seven social workers who were made redundant.

But the Employment Appeals Tribunal ruling last week upheld the social workers' claim they were unfairly dismissed when Brent let them go in 1997.

The council said: 'While the council is delighted to have been found not guilty of racial discrimination, it accepts mistakes have been made and steps have been taken to improve its redundancy procedures. Personnel advice has been extended across the council and the human resources director post has been resurrected.'

The redundancies came about after Brent restructured its social services and had to make cuts. It is appealing against last week's employment tribunal ruling that it racially discriminated against four more social workers made redundant following a£100,000 cut to the budget (LGC, 19 March).
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