Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the procedure is for reporting (a) grievance procedures and (b) payoffs resulting from grievance procedures to his Department's Education Board; and on which dates these matters were referred to in papers circulated to the Board or discussed at the Board.
Elizabeth Truss (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education; South West Norfolk, Conservative)
The Department's Grievance policy and procedure are available to staff on the Department's intranet. A financial payoff is not an outcome of the internal grievance procedure, although there may be occasions where an employee is in dispute with the Department and the two parties reach a settlement.
Neither grievances nor settlements are reported at Board level due to their personal and confidential nature. All decisions on settlements are taken by the HR Director reporting to the Permanent Secretary as Accounting Officer. They are reported in the end of year financial accounts and are anonymised.