asked the Minister for the Civil Service what is his estimate of the cost to public funds in a year if the agreed maximum of an extra £6 a week is paid in full to all those in Government service not already earning more than £8,500.
The cost in the Home Civil Service, for which I am responsible, of an extra £6 a week to staff currently earning £8,500 or less a year would be approximately £215 million.
|Household Income Group|
|Subsidies||Lowest 20%||Next 20%||Middle 20%||Next 20%||Top 20%||Total|
|For concessionary bus fares for pensioners, and others||57||19||6||9||9||100|
|For general subsidies to bus fares||10||18||21||24||27||100|
asked the Minister for the Civil Service in what circumstances the Government will be prepared to grant the agreed maximum of an extra £6 a week to those in the public service, not already earning more than £8,500.
For most groups pay rates are determined by negotiation, and I cannot anticipate the outcome of the next round of negotiations. Nor can I anticipate the recommendations of the established review bodies in respect of the groups within their remit.