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'Huge pay-off' for Bristol council boss amid 1000 job losses

Nicola Yates left her job as City Director at Bristol City Council at the end of July. Photo: ITV News

The boss of Bristol City Council received a pay-off of £200,000 to leave her post- according to one of the city councillors.

The revelation comes less than a fortnight after Bristol City Council announced a decision to axe up to 1,000 jobs to save money - a sixth of its full time work force.

The cuts come as the authority aims to save another £29 million from its budget this year. Credit: ITV News

Nicola Yates left her £160,000 a year job as City Director at Bristol City Council at the end of July. She'd held the position since 2013, overseeing a number of budget cuts as well as Bristol's year as European Green Capital.

Nicola Yates held the post during the city's year as European Green Capital Credit: ITV News

Former Conservative leader Richard Eddy, who is now the party's spokesperson on human resources, says that he understands her severance pay totalled £200,000.

The councillor claims that the decision was taken before the Human Resources Committee met on August 4, so that the relevant councillors were not able to scrutinise the action.

In a statement the Council says it cannot comment on individual cases, but that Nicola Yates' contract was handled in line with usual practice.

Nicola Yates left Bristol City Council by mutual agreement and the terms of her contract were honoured in line with normal employment practice.

With regards to the specific details alleged, we cannot confirm or deny the accuracy of information which would be confidential personal data and legally privileged.

– Bristol City Council