Public Sector Early-Departure Schemes

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

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

When I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth yesterday why the Scottish Government was spending 10 times as much on pushing people out of the door as it is on trying to find people employment, he gave in his defence the same excuse that the First Minister has just given: the Scottish Government has a policy of no compulsory redundancies and, furthermore, uses compromise agreements only in a minority of cases. Labour’s freedom of information requests on the subject reveal that, since Mr Salmond came to power, the Scottish Government has spent £10 million on compulsory redundancies and £45 million on compromise agreements. Can the First Minister explain that?