Departmental Early Retirement

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies have taken early retirement in the last two years.

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

The number of staff from the Department for Work and Pensions and its agencies who have taken early retirement during the last two complete financial years is summarised in the following table:

Business area 2006-07( 1) 2007-08( 1)
Jobcentre Plus 656 510
The Pension Service 52 387
Disability and Carers Service 10 47
Pension Disability and Carers Service(2) 62 434
Child Support Agency 16 84
The Rent Service 6 42
The rest of DWP 39 117
Total DWP 779 1,187
(1) The figures cover the period 1 April to 31 March.

(2) The Pension Service and Disability and Carers Service came together on 1 April 2008 to form a new agency called the Pension Disability and Carers Service. Figures for both elements of the new agency are included for completeness.

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