THE scandal over the seven-bedroom mansion controversially used to house the Saindi family prompted "bizarre behaviour" by three temp workers who were let go following the fiasco, according to council leader Jason Stacey.
The housing team allegedly refused to answer questions about procedures leading up to the decision to place the family in a private home costing £12,000 a month, and attempted to urgently remove council papers and delete emails before being escorted out of Perceval House.
Cllr Stacey said a decision had already been taken to merge the council's rent deposit and private sector leasing teams at a later date, but that the merger was brought forward as a result of the team's actions on the day.
He said: "No judgement had been formed on these individuals about how they had handled this particular case but their actions clearly raised significant questions. Our senior officers were effectively left with no choice but to take the action they did.
"Our officers have and continue to review all aspects of the team's work and I can say that any legal action as reported in last week's press will be vigorously challenged."