Blundering councils have wrongly overpaid staff by more than £50million – while slashing spending on basic public services.

Among more than 70,000 local authority employees to receive erroneous payouts is a healthcare worker who was accidentally paid £218,000.

And although that was recouped within a week, other workers had to be pursued through the courts.

Reported by the Daily Mail. You can read the full story here. 

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