Council ponders lie test after press leak

Shrewsbury and Atcham Council is to vote on whether its officers
and staff should be asked to take a lie detector test after
redundancy plans were leaked to the media.

The local authority’s standards committee made the
recommendation that people who had seen a confidential report about
the planned 15 job cuts be asked to take a lie test after three
staff were named in the Shrewsbury Chronicle as being in
line to lose their jobs.

A council spokesperson said there would be a vote next week, but
the chief executive had recommended that the council should not
approve the lie-test recommendation. “No further purpose will be
achieved by having the tests and the point has already been made,”
she said.

The proposed cuts are still being decided.

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