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Rural Payments Agency

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Rural Payments Agency staff received a bonus in each of the last three years; what the average value of such bonuses was; what the (a) highest and (b) lowest bonus paid was over the period; and by what criteria such payments are awarded. (99440)

The information requested is as follows.

Number of staff in receipt of a performance bonus

Average value of performance bonus (£)

2004

525

500

2005

539

341

20061

467

485

1 Estimates based on current available information.

In 2004 the RPA paid a flat rate non-consolidated bonus payment of £500 for staff with ‘Exceeded’ box marks following the end of year individual performance review. This arrangement was negotiated with TUS and implemented as part of the 2004 pay settlement.

In 2005 the RPA awarded a flat rate bonus of £550 to staff with ‘Exceeded’ box marks. This was awarded in two parts. Part one—a half step progression in the payscale. Part two—the remaining value of the bonus was paid as a non-consolidated lump sum up to the value of £550. This arrangement was negotiated with TUS and implemented as part of the 2005 pay settlement.

In 2006 the RPA proposes to pay a flat rate non-consolidated bonus of £500 to staff with Exceeded box marks. This will be pro rated for part time staff. This arrangement is currently the subject of negotiation within the 2006 Pay Settlement.

In addition bonuses paid to the former RPA Chief Executive, Johnston McNeill, are:

£

2004

18,640.60

2005

21,062.25

No bonuses have been paid for 2006.

Under the terms of Johnston McNeill’s contract and in line with Cabinet Office guidance for SCS pay, these bonuses were related to annual salary and apportioned according to achievement of specific targets, including RPA’s published key performance targets.