Ofcom pays out on redundancy

■ Ofcom spent millions on redundancies over the last five years, even as it hired more staff than it let go, The Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) revealed yesterday. The communications regulator spent £9.4m on redundancy payments, in a period when it hired 598 staff and only made 223 redundant. “Poor planning by Ofcom has left taxpayers needlessly footing a redundancy and recruitment bill of millions,” said TPA boss Matthew Sinclair. “Redundancies and their subsequent pay-outs impose a large short-term cost on taxpayers, yet taking on new staff a year later will wipe out any savings that could have been created,” Sinclair added.