The Bury Times report:

SCORES of departing Bury Council workers have been paid thousands of pounds in return for their silence, new figures have revealed.

Public authorities reach settlements with some staff in return for both parties staying quiet about why the employee left or about other sensitive information.

Bury Council claims it benefits taxpayers as it means the staff cannot sue the authority, but critics say it lacks transparency.

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