Civil Service Appeal Board

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of appeals by employees of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies were (i) heard and (ii) upheld by the Civil Service Appeal Board in each of the last 10 years; how much was awarded in compensation by the Board to each successful appellant in each year; what the reason was for each compensation award; how many appellants were reinstated by the Board in each year; and what the reason was for each (A) dismissal and (B) reinstatement.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

Statistics for appeals made to the Civil Service Appeal Board (CSAB) by MOD Civil Servants prior to 2004 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information in the following tables represents both departmental and agency figures as some agencies have only one or two cases and there exists a duty to protect the identity of individuals concerned within the scope of the Data Protection Act 1998.

The figures for appeals made to the Civil Service Appeal Board by MOD Civil Servants from 2004-2005 onwards are:

2004-05
Number/percentage
Number of CSABs heard 15
Number of CSAB upheld 3
Upheld (percentage) 20

Successful Appellants

1. Compensation award £30,684.66—CSAB found insufficient evidence of fraudulent intent.

2. Compensation award £17,667.55—CSAB found dismissal unfair on grounds of failing to satisfy the substantive issue.

3. Original Departmental Review Board compensation award increased from 75 per cent. to 100 per cent. due to new medical evidence.

Failed Appellants

Original reason for dismissal:

Six gross misconduct

Three unsatisfactory attendance

Two redundancy

One unsatisfactory performance.

2005-06
Number/percentage
Number of CSABs heard 16
Number of CSAB upheld 1
Upheld (percentage 6

Successful Appellants

Original compensation award increased by 50 per cent. due to medical evidence.

Failed Appellants

Original reason for dismissal:

10 gross misconduct

Three redundancy

Two unsatisfactory attendance.

2006-07
Number/percentage
Number of CSABs Heard 14
Number of CSAB Upheld 4
Upheld (percentage) 29

Successful Appellants

1. Compensation award £66,226.13—failure to provide internal appeal process.

2. Compensation award ongoing—failure to provide internal appeal process.

3. Dismissal had been procedurally unfair, no award on the basis of 100 per cent. contributory fault.

4. Dismissal had been procedurally unfair, no award on the basis of 100 per cent. contributory fault.

Failed Appellants

Original reason for dismissal:

Five gross misconduct

Four unsatisfactory attendance

One unsatisfactory performance.

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