Youth careers advisors finally receive redundancy payouts three years after Connexions was axed

Connexions workers outside one of the branches during their fight for payouts

Connexions workers outside one of the branches during their fight for payouts

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Axed careers advisors have signed confidentiality agreements that forbid them to reveal how much they received in redundancy payouts.

Connexions workers who lost their jobs after six south-west London councils pulled the plug on the careers advise service, have finally seen the money they are owed in their bank accounts.

About 80 former employees had been stuck in the middle of a two-and-a-half-year redundancy payout battle between councils and the British Teachers’ Education Trust (CfBT), which was employed by councils to run the service before it was axed weeks later in April 2011.

A judicial ruling found the CfBt responsible leading to a further eight months of negotiations before workers received their money on February 21.

Marian Freedman, who worked at the Connexions shop in Brook Road, Kingston, as an adviser, said: “It is the end for us but there are still outstanding pension payments to be sorted for the older people so there is still a bit of a journey left for them.

“We got what we all knew we were going to get but it just took a really long time.”

The Connexions partnership on behalf of Kingston, Sutton, Richmond, Croydon and Merton started in 2001, but the Government announced it would cut funding from 2012 and return careers advice to schools.

The original Connexions contract between councils and CfBT was worth £5.2m before it was axed.

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