Departmental Costs/Staff

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on involuntary and voluntary staff exit schemes in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997–98; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

holding answer 28 November 2005

Amounts spent by the Department on staff exit schemes since 1997–98 are set out in the table. The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment including the Employment Service. Figures shown prior to financial year 2001–02 relate only to the former Department of Social Security.

£ million
1997–98 76.7
1998–99 20.5
1999–00 20.2
2000–01 21.6
2001–02 18.4
2002–03 19.4
2003–04 16.1
2004–05 14.9

An analysis of the amounts spent by individual Agency is only available since the formation of the Department for Work and Pensions in 2001–02. Figures are set out in the following table.

£ million
2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05
Benefits Agency 1.73 n/a n/a n/a
The Pensions Service n/a 0.20 0.19 1.29
Child Support Agency 1.40 0.83 0.82 0.84
War Pensions Agency 0.00 n/a n/a n/a
Disability and Carers

Service

n/a n/a n/a 0.00
The Appeals Service 0.20 0.15 0.17 0.20
Jobcentre Plus 0.00 0.00 0.18 0.55
Health & Safety

Executive

n/a 2.08 0.65 0.75
The Rent Service n/a n/a n/a 1.70
Corporate Centre 15.03 16.17 14.11 9.58
18.36 19.43 16.12 14.91

Note:

n/a denotes that the Agency did not exist as an entity of the Department for the year in question.

Although not an Agency, the Corporate Centre has also borne the cost of exit schemes when staff working within the Corporate Centre e.g. Group Finance, HR areas have left the Department. Responsibility for exit scheme payments of the former Benefits Agency also transferred to the Corporate Centre when the Agency ceased to exist.

The Department is unable to provide a breakdown of these figures between voluntary and involuntary exit schemes.

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