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Gershon Review: DfID

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Spokesperson in the Lords, Treasury, Spokesperson in the Lords, Work & Pensions

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In the case of the Department for International Development, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon review; what is the total departmental bill for each type of redundancy; and what is the natural wastage during the Gershon period to date for the department.

Photo of Baroness Vadera Baroness Vadera Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

There have been no compulsory redundancies within the Department for International Development (DfID) as a result of the Gershon efficiency review.

The total number of voluntary departures arising from the review is set out in the table below. Under resource accounting, costs are recorded against the year in which departure was first agreed. The amount shown for each year represents the total estimated cost of departure to DfID, which in practice is spread over a number of years until an individual attains normal pension age.

Year Number of Voluntary Departures Agreed in Year Total cost to DfID
2005-06 30 £1,776,725
2006-07 30 £2,364,093
2007-08 1 83 £5,018,165
Totals 143 £9,158,983
1 to 31 December 2007

Between 1 April 2005 and 31 December 2007, a further 404 staff left DfID for various reasons, in addition to those who left under the early departure arrangements put in place after the Gershon review. The figure of 404 includes staff on fixed-term appointments, and civil servants on loan to DfID who have now returned to their home departments. From a baseline of 1,928, this represents a natural wastage rate of 21 per cent, or 7.6 per cent a year.

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