Public Sector Early-Departure Schemes

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Michael McMahon Michael McMahon Labour

I thank the First Minister for his response, but I am not sure whether he agrees that Audit Scotland is right to criticise the extensive use of early exit packages. Does he at least share my unease about the concerns raised with me by civilian staff in the newly created Police Scotland that a pool of money has been allocated to provide for exit packages for a tranche of senior police officers in order to reduce their numbers through enhanced redundancy settlements? As it is not unheard of for senior officers in the police and fire and rescue services to take exit packages only to return in the same or similar capacity, will the First Minister today give the Parliament a commitment that if and when senior police officers take golden goodbyes, they will not thereafter be able to say a golden “’Ello, ’ello, ’ello” to new and similar jobs in Police Scotland?