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Councils 'must curb pay-offs'

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Almost a third of council chief executives in England have been given pay-offs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds when they leave their job.

A report by the Audit Commission indicates that 37 chief executives were given an average of a quarter of a million pounds when they left their job.

Chair of the Audit Commission Michael O'Higgins discusses how there needs to be more accountability. Peter Nutting, former Conservative leader of Shrewsbury and Atcham council and former chief executive David Bowles debate executive pay.

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