Belfast Telegraph

Friday 6 March 2015

164 more warders given payoff

A further 164 prison officers will be allowed to retire early under a voluntary package within the next year.

The bill for the additional redundancies will be around £30m.

The number of officers taking redundancy will now total more than 500.

By the end of this month, 360 officers will have retired at a cost of £40m.

The Prison Service has written to 164 officers on a waiting list telling them that they can now also take early retirement.

The Prison Service has said the redundancy scheme is essential for a new beginning.

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