Redundancy

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 26th February 2013.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) how many civil service posts have been made redundant by his Department in each year since 1999; and what the cost of redundancies in each such year has been;

(2) how many posts have been declared redundant by each of his Department's Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in each year since 1999; and what has been the cost of those redundancies in each such year.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

When a member of staff’s role comes to an end, redeployment or voluntary departure is considered before compulsory redundancy. The information provided as follows covers compulsory redundancies and voluntary departures (voluntary exits or voluntary redundancies). Figures for 2012-13 show the number and costs incurred of departures to date. Data is rounded to the nearest £1,000 unless otherwise stated.

Core-DEFRA

The following table shows the number of staff leaving core-DEFRA on (a) compulsory redundancies and (b) voluntary exits and redundancies and the amounts spent on (a) and (b), for each financial year since 2009-10. Departure costs have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Data is not available centrally for the years prior to 2010-11 and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Financial year Number of compulsory redundancies Cost (£000) Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0 52 1,600
2011-12 0 0 20 1,700
2010-11 (1) 100 321 17,000
(1) Denotes fewer than five redundancies—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Executive agencies

Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)

AHVLA was formed on 1 April 2011 following the merger of Animal Health (AH) and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). Data for 2010-11 shows the combined number of departures from AH and VLA. Data is not available for the period prior to 2010-11. Departure costs have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Financial year Number of compulsory redundancies Cost (£000) Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 (1) 100
2011-12 9 100 240 7,100
2010-11 65 2,600
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

All departures agreed by CEFAS have been under voluntary terms and these are reported below. Data is not available for the years prior to 2007-08.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 (1) 30
2010-11 15 570
2009-10 0 0
2008-09 41 1,171
2007-08 (1) 149
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)

FERA was vested on 1 April 2009. Figures for the years prior to 2010-11 are not available.

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. There were no compulsory redundancies.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 17 510
2011-12 45 1,731
2010-11 (1) 42
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Rural Payments Agency (RPA)

All departures agreed by RPA have been under voluntary terms. There have been no compulsory redundancies. Data is not available for the years prior to 2007-08.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 123 3,711
2010-11 105 542
2009-10 74 1,138
2008-09 45 2,014
2007-08 42 1,062

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. Data is not available for the period prior to 2007-08.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 (1) 40
2011-12 10 211
2010-11 (1) 72
2009-10 0 0
2008-09 0 0
2007-08 0 0
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Executive non-departmental public bodies

Environment Agency (EA)

The following table shows the number of people made compulsorily redundant by the EA since April 2010 and the number who left under the EA's voluntary early release scheme, which is akin to voluntary redundancy. It also shows the cost of those departures. Data prior to 2010 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Financial year Number of compulsory redundancies Cost (£000) Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 (1) 135 25 987
2011-12 28 828 30 1,418
2010-11 98 3,800 564 25,100
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Gang masters Licensing Authority (GLA)

The information requested is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Figures on the number of compulsory redundancies and the cost of those redundancies in JNCC so far in the financial year 2012-13 are shown in the following table. There were no voluntary departures in 2012-13 or redundancies prior to this period.

Financial year Number of compulsory redundancies Cost (£000)
2012-13 (1) 28
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. MMO do not hold information prior to the date of MMO vesting on 1 April 2010.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 0 0
2010-11 15 350

Natural England (NE)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. Data is not available for the period prior to 2007-08. Departure costs have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 380 14,000
2010-11 8 300
2009-10 (1) 200
2008-09 155 6,000
2007-08 0 0
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (RBG Kew)

All departures shown in the following table were under voluntary terms. Data is not available for the period prior to 2008-09.

Financial year Number of voluntary departures Cost (£000)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 (1) 119
2010-11 (1) 52
2009-10 0 0
2008-09 0 0
(1) Denotes fewer than five departures—the actual number cannot be disclosed on confidentiality grounds.

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