Senior Civil Servants

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

After the last General Election, Government comprehensively reformed the Civil Service Compensation scheme, ensuring significant savings for taxpayers. Where compensation payments were made, Departments estimated costs would generally be recouped within a year. The early departure programmes should be seen in the context of a reduction in civil service employment by 78,000 FTE staff, or 16%, since March 2010. Reducing the size of the civil service and other reforms saved the taxpayer £2.2 billion in 2012-13 compared to 2009-10.

The following table sets out the number of senior civil servants who left my Department and its public bodies under voluntary exit terms during each of the last three years and the total value of their severance payments:

  Number of SCS Total severance payments (£)
2012-13 0 0
2011-12 12 1.22 million
2010-11 (1) 531,000
(1) 5 or fewer.

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