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Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Labour, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

DWP employees up to Grade 6 are eligible to be nominated for an in-year performance award. These are one-off payments, made to recognise exceptional achievements and/or contributions to business performance. In-year awards can be made at any time during the performance year and are paid either as retail vouchers between £25 and £50 or cash payments of £50 or above. Senior Civil Servants are not eligible to receive these payments. The total amount available for in-year awards is 0.23% of total paybill.

During the 2013/14 financial year 100,585 in-year awards, worth £5,030,126 were made, which equates to 0.19% of paybill.

Between April and Sept 2014 41,370 in-year awards, with a value of £1,778,015, were made, which equates to 0.15% of paybill.

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