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Early Retirement

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department’s employees have taken early retirement in each year since 1997. (34048)

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 bringing together the former Department of Social Security and the Employment Service. Information on the number of staff taking voluntary early retirement and voluntary early severance in each year since the Department's formation is shown in the table.

Information on the number of staff taking early retirement is not available prior to the Department’s formation.

Year ending March:

Number of staff

2002

415

2003

339

2004

768

2005

467

Notes: 1. Figures are full-time equivalent (rounded).

2. The above figures include those who have retired voluntarily with an actuarially reduced pension, those who have retired with benefits under the civil service compensation scheme and those who have retired on ill-health grounds.