Essex council workers suspended

TWO employees were suspended from work at Essex County Council for a total of more than six months due to false allegations made against them by members of the public last year.

Roddy Ashworth

TWO employees were suspended from work at Essex County Council for a total of more than six months due to false allegations made against them by members of the public last year.

One staff member was suspended for a total of 160 working days after being accused of behaving in an inappropriate sexual manner towards both a male and female service user.

However a police investigation concluded there was no case to answer and the employee was given management advice.


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Another staff member, accused of a assaulting a young person, was cleared after an investigation by the council's Child Protection unit found the allegation to be malicious.

However, the employee had been suspended for 37 working days in total.

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In all, 17 members of staff were suspended by the council - which has more than 35,000 employees - in 2008.

Together they were suspended for 1,179 working days.

Three were dismissed. One of these dismissals was for failing to disclose a police caution and also accessing and downloading material from a manager's computer.

A second was dismissed in connection with criminal charges faced by a family member while a third was found to be running a business which included Essex County Council service users as clients.

Other matters leading to disciplinary action included the loss of computer equipment, the alleged intimidation of staff, inappropriate behaviour at work and withholding information about criminal convictions.

One employee was suspended for nine working days before being given “management advice” for the inappropriate distribution of an offensive email.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the council said: “We expect our staff to deliver the best quality of life for our residents and that they should adhere to very high standards.

“We employ 38,000 members of staff who provide services including education, recycling and highways, all of which are important in daily life.

“Our recent Audit Commission assessment rated us as performing well, and this is down to the hard work and dedication of our staff, the vast majority of which are never involved in conflict or dispute process but in line with best practice guidelines we will in exceptional circumstance use suspension as part of our resolution procedures.”

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