Cabinet Office: Redundancy Pay

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 14th November 2022.

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Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equalities), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of Ministerial severance pay in their Department in each year between 1 January 2016 and 8 November 2022.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Under the Ministerial and Other Pensions and Salaries Act 1991, eligible Ministers who leave office are entitled to a one off payment equivalent to one quarter of their annual salary at the point at which they leave Government.

This applies only where a Minister is under 65 and is not appointed to a ministerial office within three weeks of leaving government.

Individuals may waive the payment to which they are entitled. That is a matter for their personal discretion, but this approach has been taken in the past.

Details of such payments are published in departmental annual reports and accounts, and ministerial salaries are published on GOV.UK at

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