These guys and gals are employed on a contract basis, usually stating a period of time per contract (3 years, etc). It is perfectly reasonable if a council wants rid of them because some local politico doesn't like them then the council buy out their contract (either that or tell the politico to grow up).
I do have a problem, however, with the culture of reward for incompetence that we have in the UK. we have probably more HR staff per square mile than any other country, yet we seem completely incapable of dismissing senior staff for poor performance.
There's a simple answer to this - put yourself up for the council elections this year, then you'll be in a position to vote against any large pay-offs, and have an input into contract negotiations to stop future council chiefs inserting compensation clauses in their contracts.
This is what's called democracy, it still exists but most people are to bone idle to participate...
I can never understand people constantly talking about democracy as if it is the 'holy grail' of government, especially here in the UK. If they were to sit on a council or any government meeting, the democracy is usually ruled by 'the party line' or 'the going rate for the job'.
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