Redundancy

Communities and Local Government written question – answered at on 26 November 2008.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in her Department left under (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 2005-06; how many of them in each case were paid (i) up to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000 in the year before they left; and how much (A) was spent in each of those years and (B) is planned to be spent on such schemes in (1) 2008-09 and (2) 2009-10 by (Y) her Department and (Z) each of her Department's agencies.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Details of salaries paid to staff in Communities and Local Government who left the Department in each year since 2005-06 under involuntary or voluntary staff exit schemes have not been retained centrally. As a consequence there would be a disproportionate cost in providing that information.

The following table shows the number of staff who involuntarily left Communities and Local Government, having received notice of compulsory redundancy in each year since 2005-06:

Total
2005-06 0
2006-07 21
2007-08 0

The following table shows the number of staff who voluntarily left Communities and Local Government and its Agencies under early retirement or early severance schemes in each year:

Main department Planning inspectorate Fire service college Total
2005-06 97 1 0 98
2006-07 168 5 17 190
2007-08 97 7 0 104
2008-09 0 7 6 13

Compensation for early departure is paid from the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. Communities and Local Government meets the cost of early departures, and this includes the cost of lump sum severance payments and the additional costs of benefits beyond the normal Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) benefits in respect of employees who retire early.

The following table shows expenditure on early departures by Communities and Local Government, or its predecessor, and Agencies in each year since 2005-06.

£000
Central department Planning inspectorate QEII conference centre Fire service college Total
2005-06 6,931 76 59 0 7,066
2006-07 23,165 119 1 591 23,876
2007-08 12,372 900 93 0 13,365
2008-09 0 70 0 171 241

The Department for Communities and Local Government and its Agencies are not planning any involuntary or voluntary staff exit schemes in 2008-09 or 2009-10 although funding may be made available for individual cases as appropriate.

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