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.