Priti Patel (Witham, Conservative)
To ask the Attorney-General how much was paid to officials in the Law Officers' Departments in (a) bonuses, (b) allowances and (c) other payments additional to basic salary in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what categories of payment may be made to officials in addition to basic salary; what the monetary value is of each category of payment; and what the monetary value was of the 20 largest such payments made in each of the last two years.
Edward Garnier (Solicitor General; Harborough, Conservative)
Non-consolidated performance-related payments made by the Law Officers' Departments over the last two full financial years are detailed in the following tables. The intention of such payments is to reward high performing staff and thereby maintain effective operational efficiency.
Payments made by Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSol), the Attorney-General's Office (AGO) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) over the last two full financial years are as follows:
|(1) Non-consolidated performance-related pay (2) Allowances: contractual payments in respect of specific posts e.g. on the basis of their location or particular responsibilities.(3) Other: these include in-year special bonus payments, overtime payments and deputising allowances.|
The total value of the 20 largest individual payments was as follows. These were payments of non-consolidated PRP to members of the senior civil service (SCS).
2010-11: £100,000 (20 payments of £5,000 each).
2009-10: £217,000 (individual payments ranged between £10,000 and £15,000)
|Non-consolidated performance related pay||304,033||334,379|
|Other work related allowance||50,671||40,216|
|London pay addition||1,200||1,170|
|Excess fares allowance||16,810||20,561|
The 20 largest payments made in addition to basic salary in each of these years are:
2009 - 10
and others at £2,000
and others at £2,000
The amount paid to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) officials in non-consolidated performance related payments was £1,023,928 in 2009-10 and £1,321,003 in 2010-11. The majority of the higher payments made in 2010-11 were payments made to SCS under the Civil Scheme, which in that year was subject to a cap for each grade.
The largest 20 non-consolidated performance payments in each of the last two financial years were as follows, with those in the SCS scheme subject to caps of between £15,000 and £10,000, depending upon grade:
The CPS also pays a number of specific allowances as follows:
Recruitment and retention allowance (RARA)—Outer London £1,000 p.a.
Higher court attendance allowance (HCA)—£1,500 p.a.
Accountancy allowance (fully qualified)—£5,000 p.a.
Accountancy allowance—Stage II—£2,000 p.a.
Accountancy allowance—Stage I—£250 p.a.
Audit allowance—£3,000 p.a.
ICT specialist allowance—£3,000 p.a.
Private secretary allowance—£4,000 p.a.
Pathfinder allowance—£3,000 p.a.
Paralegal officer allowance (one-off payment)—£250
The total amount paid through these allowances was £5,851,579 in 2009-10, £5,506,948 in 2010-11.
The CPS also makes some other payments to staff in addition to basic salary. These cover items such as overtime, out of hours working for staff (who do not receive overtime), and allowances for work carried out at a higher grade. The total payments made for these items were £6,983,610 in 2009-10 and £6,625,181 in 2010-11. The largest 20 payments here have not been identified as it would incur disproportionate costs to do so.