The MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) has published Local authority exit payments (first estimates), England, 2019-20 and 2020-21 (please note that the file on the site is in OpenDocument format which you may need to convert into Excel in order to see all the data).

This is the first summary of the exit payment data submitted by councils and will be followed by a further publication in coming weeks.

Initial indications are that the average exit payment made in 2020-21 across local authorities was £26,000.

Following the publication by HMT of guidance for central government departments in respect of special severance payments on 28 May, MHCLG has issued a consultation, which runs until 13 August 2021, on guidance to cover similar payments in local authorities.

Copies can be downloaded as below:

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