Senior Civil Servants

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

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made in cutting the size of severance packages for senior civil servants.

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

In 2010 this Government made significant reforms to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. The scheme applies to all civil servants, regardless of grade. Through our reforms the value of compensation entitlement that can be accrued has been reduced and the salary used in the calculation limited. Other changes include a reduction in the maximum amount of compensation payable per year of service and a salary underpin that protects the lower paid.

In the view of the NAO the departures under the first year of the scheme were some 40% to 50% cheaper than they would have been under the scheme we inherited.

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