Revealed: the government email telling HS2 not to make extra £1.76m payouts
Rail project’s chief was warned that making higher redundancy payments ‘would cause enormous reputational damage’
A crucial email from government forbidding HS2 from handing an extra £1.76m to departing colleagues can now be revealed by the Guardian – and it shows that HS2’s chief executive was warned that even proposing such payouts “would cause enormous reputational damage to the company”.
Last week, MPs on the Commons public accounts committee said they were concerned that HS2’s then boss, Simon Kirby, had not been held to account for his role in the “shocking” £2.76m redundancy payouts that directly contravened civil service rules.
Source: Guardian Transport