More "nepotism" allegations at Gloucester City Council
TWO more people have been suspended amid allegations friends of workers were employed to work for the council.
It's understood two workers in an unnamed department in the regeneration directorate have been suspended over allegations that an a job was given to someone unfairly.
That is currently being investigated, and comes in the wake of four suspensions over alleged nepotism, including council director Phil Staddon.
The latest two suspensionsis not related to Mr Staddon's suspension nor the other workers.
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But it was unsettling to hear of further investigations, said a council insider, who agreed to speak to The Citizen on the condition of anonymity.
"It is not linked to the original cases, but clearly there are some people who feel aggrieved about how some people have got jobs."
The worker dismissed in the first investigation is said to have appealed the decision.
As we reported last month, it is understood another manager resigned, and a third was given a written warning over casual paid work done as part of a work experience placement.
Mr Staddon, the council's £85,000-a-year director of regeneration, remains suspended pending a hearing, likely to take place within a month.
He was relieved of his duties in October and it's claimed his interim replacement Ged Lucas is costing £700 a day.
Further allegations that managers appointed staff and consultants without going through the proper processes have been referred to the council's audit boss for an independent investigation.
A council spokesman said: "Two staff have been suspended as a result of an internal disciplinary matter which is being investigated and which is unrelated to any other recent matters."