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Defra worker handed £5,000 payout

Messenger Newspapers: The Defra employee received costs, along with the damages pay out The Defra employee received costs, along with the damages pay out

A Government worker received £5,000 compensation for injuries suffered "by l ifting files and boxes" after submitting a claim for £50,000 , figures have shown.

The employee in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also received costs along with the damages payout, according to information released under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.

Seven workers who received compensation from the department totalling more than £107,000 in a two-year period were listed by the department.

Cases included £1,300 paid to a staff member for "loss of a car lease agreement", £40,415 plus £420 costs for a severance payment on "health and attendance issues" and £12,500 following "unfair dismissal".

A worker also received £21,000 as "three months' salary severance payment paid in lieu of notice".

Details of a claim of £20,000 in February 2011 for a severance payment are unknown, including the amount paid out, the FOI added.

The information related to claims made from 2011 to 2013.

The FOI was published on the Government's www.gov.uk website.

Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Some of these payouts are ridiculous.

"Either Defra isn't looking after its staff properly or they're paying out on spurious claims too easily.

"Regardless, it's the taxpayer that ends up footing the bill."

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5:37pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Some of these payouts are ridiculous."

Really? Only one side of this story is being reported here.

Tabloid distortion in pursuit of cheap populist cred of workplace health and safety issues aside, anyone who thinks that a worker can't injure themselves lifting files and boxes has obviously never done an hard day's physical work in their life. For if they had, they might realise that boxes of paper are actually very heavy and someone can easily damage their back from the stress of continually lifting and carrying boxes of paper around for bosses who are presumably either too lazy or snobbish to do so - or probably both.

One's common sense might also suggest that boxes full of paper will be heavy - which only goes to show how sparse such a quality is amongst 'the management';(
"Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Some of these payouts are ridiculous." Really? Only one side of this story is being reported here. Tabloid distortion in pursuit of cheap populist cred of workplace health and safety issues aside, anyone who thinks that a worker can't injure themselves lifting files and boxes has obviously never done an hard day's physical work in their life. For if they had, they might realise that boxes of paper are actually very heavy and someone can easily damage their back from the stress of continually lifting and carrying boxes of paper around for bosses who are presumably either too lazy or snobbish to do so - or probably both. One's common sense might also suggest that boxes full of paper will be heavy - which only goes to show how sparse such a quality is amongst 'the management';( Katie Re-Registered
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