Use of severance agreements
The Government has recently put in place new guidelines for central government departments and their Arms Length Bodies on the appropriate use of severance agreements. These guidelines establish important and clear principles including that agreements cannot be used to cover up examples of individual or organisational failure.
Performance appraisal of senior staff
It is more important than ever that local authorities can demonstrate to their communities that they have strong and effective arrangements in place for managing performance of their senior staff. Better performance management can make it easier to tackle performance issues quicker, which will improve services and can help avoid costly exit deals. Authorities should open up their performance appraisal arrangements to scrutiny and give the public the opportunity to have their say on the way the authority and its most senior staff are performing.