RENFREWSHIRE Council has accidentally overpaid staff nearly £700,000 over the past year, latest figures show.

The amount dished out to employees by mistake has rocketed year-on-year, with more than £2.3million of overpayments made since April 2015.

A total of £691,313 was given to staff in error in 2020/21 – a rise of more than 80 per cent compared to the amount overpaid in 2018/19.

Since April 2015, just over £1.4m has been recovered by the local authority, while more than £52,000 has been written off, meaning the council is still trying to claw back almost £900,000 owed to the public purse.

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