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Camden Council told to reinstate wrongly sacked senior manager and pay him £100k in lost wages

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 18:52 23 September 2019

Camden Council's temporary town hall at the Crowndale Centre. Picture: Creative Commons/Philafrenzy

Camden Council's temporary town hall at the Crowndale Centre. Picture: Creative Commons/Philafrenzy

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Camden Council has been forced to rehire its former street lighting and drainage manager and pay him £100,618 after wrongly sacking him.

Jim Thornhill, who had worked at the council for 37 years, had an employment tribunal find in his favour on September 2. He had been blamed for an error that ultimately wasn't his.

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Judge K Welch said Mr Thornhill should be paid £990.86 a week from September 4 until he is fully compensated for the wages he lost over two years.

Camden Council has since conducted a "thorough review of its processes and systems", a spokesperson said.

In a statement, they said: "This was a very serious matter and we have thoroughly considered and acted upon the judgment. While we have always prided ourselves on our practices and procedures we of course accept that in this case we got it wrong. We have [made] changes to our procedures and [are] putting in place new training for managers."

The council was not able to say when Mr Thornhill would return to work.

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