HS2 redundancy pay “a shocking waste’


Unauthorised redundancy payments from the state-owned company, the management of the HS2 rail project was a “shocking waste of taxpayers ‘money”, MPs have said.

The Public Accounts Committee, said that offered the company the construction of a high-speed railway line, which staff terms “is far more than an” authorized levels.

The MPs blamed “weak internal processes” to HS2 for overpayments to 94 people, a total of £1.76 m.

A HS2 spokesman confirmed been made “serious errors”.

The company has the payments in 2016-17, after the shedding of 94 employees in a train from London to Birmingham.

A combination of mandatory and voluntary social plans were offered, the said improved conditions, resulting in a total bill of £2.76 m, in spite of instructions from the Department of transportation, you should be able to legal prices, which would have incurred payments of £1m, the members of the Committee.

The MPs’ report says HS2 chief executive at the time, Simon Kirby, had an E-Mail from the government telling him that he was not allowed to offer employees of larger, enhanced redundancy payments when the company relocated.

But Mr Kirby says will not happen, that the E-Mail to other people.

However, dear Mr Kirby, who now works at Rolls-Royce said in a statement that he was responsible for the decision to approve more generous compensation.

“I don’t approve, the payments in question and the allegation of misconduct to refuse to behave,” he said.

“I left HS2 in December of last year, and the decision to meet, a senior Manager is superfluous, and under what conditions, was not made until after I left.”

MPs concluded a lack of basic financial controls to increased HS2 Ltd, the risk of fraud and financial errors, a situation which it said has been exacerbated by staff turnover high rates of employee.

“The unauthorized systems were able to go, because weak internal processes to HS2 Ltd’s Central decision-making and control organs of the you get accurate information,” said the Committee.

The HS2 rail link to be built between London, Manchester and Leeds, via Birmingham, has already proven to be award, controversial for its impact on the communities in the path of the new line, on its impact on the environment, and for its £55.7 billion.What do we know about HS2?

The HS2 spokesman said: “HS2 is on course and has achieved a lot in his short life. It was able to do, because our ability to put the right employees in the right jobs at the right time.

“But while that was the reason for these payments, it is clear that we have the process wrong, and we now put the right systems in place to ensure that does not happen again.”