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Departmental Pay

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse was of Christmas bonus payments in each of the last five years; and what proportion was spent on administration of the payment.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Christmas bonus expenditure for the last five years is shown in the following table.

The amounts shown exclude the cost of administrating the Christmas bonus payment as this information is not available; the table only shows the actual money paid to customers.

£ million
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Christmas bonus—contributory 126 127 823 121 122
Christmas bonus—non-contributory 19 20 221 32 32
Total 145 147 1,044 154 155
Notes: 1. Christmas bonus was increased to £70 in 2008-09, for one year only; in all other years it was £10. 2. The majority of Christmas bonus payments are made with a qualifying benefit and, as such, it is not possible to disaggregate the administration cost. However, these costs are minimal as the significant majority of payments are automated. Source: DWP statistical and accounting data.

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