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CAMDEN AND ITS 'POORLY' PENSIONERS

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The Daily Mail (p27) reports from Camden LBC where it has picked up on the council's retirement statistics. A repor...
The Daily Mail (p27) reports from Camden LBC where it has picked up on the council's retirement statistics. A report by chief executive Steve Bundred states that two-thirds of retirements at the council are due to ill health. The paper claims that only one in 10 of those pensioned off has worked until retirement age.

According to the Mail, the council admits illness may not determine who goes, but says it is a 'cost-effective way' to trim the workforce. The report also states that early retirements have cost the borough's taxpayers£27.4m over five years. Corportate services chair Phil Turner is quoted: 'This council should not apologise for looking after its staff in a decent and honourable way.' But Tory councillor Joy Silver accused the Labour leadership of 'creating a racket to benefit staff'.
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