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Wigan council boss 'sorry' for holiday boasts

Wigan council boss Terry Dunn "meant no harm" when he emailed staff about future job losses but went on to describe how he was looking forward to his holidays.

Wigan council released a statement defending the email, saying Mr Dunn enjoyed a close relationship with many of the recipients at risk of losing their job. A spokesman said:

Terry Dunn has been employed by Wigan Council since he was taken on as an apprentice and has worked at virtually every level of the organisation. He has known many of our staff for 20 years.

These are tough times in local government. We're trying to communicate with employees as best we can while we go through difficult changes.

Employees have asked to learn more about senior managers so following that request they've been including personal details about themselves informally in emails. Since this began several months ago, the response from staff has been very positive.

Terry meant no harm and is sorry if he's caused offence on this occasion. He has an excellent record of handling staffing issues seriously and sensitively.

'David Brent' boss boasts of holiday in redundancy email

Wigan council boss Terry Dunn has been branded a real-life David Brent after signing off an email about staff cuts by boasting about his holiday and honeymoon plans, The Manchester Evening News reports.

Terry Dunn was labelled 'Wigan's David Brent' after he included his own holiday plans in an email to update his staff on redundancy plans. Credit: PA

Mr Dunn, head of Wigan council's environment department, wrote to update workers about redundancy plans, but ended the email with a rather detailed update of his own busy social schedule:

"We are now consulting on the final stage of our restructure and you may or may not be directly impacted... If you are involved I can fully appreciate the concerns you will have and just ask for your patience.

"On the home front; off to a punk rock festival in Blackpool this Friday. The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and the Buzzcocks are amongst the acts playing so those old enough may remember them. I am really looking forward to it as it forms a big part of my past.

"Wedding 6 weeks this Saturday followed by 2 weeks in Fuerteventura!! Can’t wait."

Wigan council needs to cut 200 jobs to save £18.8 million this year, a staff member told the Manchester Evening News. Kevan Nelson from Unison said the comments were ill-advised:

"It is a bit David Brent. He probably meant it well but has underestimated the impact of these changes on his staff.

I recognise there is a style of management where you don’t want to appear overly-autocratic, but talking about your plans when people’s livelihoods are in the balance is not a good idea."

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