The learning disabilities charity Mencap spent more than £1m on staff redundancies in 2015/16, the charity’s latest accounts show.
Its accounts for the year to 31 March 2016 say the charity spent £1,025,998 on termination and redundancy packages for staff. This compares with the £775,823 that was spent on termination and redundancy packages in 2014/15, according to the latest accounts.
The number of staff employed by Mencap also fell over the course of the year, from 8,611 to 8,260, the accounts show.
The accounts say that 21 staff earned more than £60,000, with another four also earning more than £60,000 in 2015/16 due to redundancy packages.
The charity’s income of more than £191m in 2015/16 was almost equal to the previous year, when it was just under £192m. Expenditure fell from almost £190m to £183.9m in 2015/16.
Angela Buxton, people director at Mencap, said in a statement that the staff reductions were planned and mostly affected the charity’s employment and community services.
"We remain dedicated to providing support in these areas, but decided to change the focus of these activities and, in the case of our employment services, made a decision to exit the Department for Work and Pensions’ Work Choice programme," she said.
"The Work Choice contract did not allow Mencap to provide the type of tailored support needed to tackle the specific challenges preventing people with a learning disability from moving towards work, and the decision to not be part of this led to a number of redundancies. We continue to provide essential employment support directly to people with a learning disability via other funding routes."