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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many senior civil servants left his Department and public bodies under voluntary exit and received a severance payment in each of the last three years; and what the value of such payments was.
The number of senior civil servants (SCS) who left the Ministry of Defence and associated public bodies under the Voluntary Early Release Scheme (VERS) in each of the last three financial years (FY), including the total value of the severance payments, are set out in the following table:
|FY||SCS departures||Cost (£)|
These figures represent all non-compulsory departures of SCS under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme since its reform in 2010. The current scheme is designed to encourage voluntary rather than compulsory departure. All costs fall in the year of departure, whereas under the terms of the previous, pre-reform, scheme there could be costs extending for up to 10 years from a departure.