ALMOST £10 million has been paid out to former employees of Bolton Council over the past five years, new figures have revealed.

The Bolton News has obtained data which shows the authority has spent £9,735,000 to 1,095 staff who left the council under a voluntary severance or redundancy agreement since 2008 — an average of £8,890 each.

The most payouts were handed out between April, 2011 and March, 2012, when £4.92 million was paid out.

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