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Departmental Redundancies

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many redundancies there were in his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each such year; how many temporary staff were employed in each such year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to the Department in each such year. (95265)

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 bringing together the former Department of Social Security and the former Employment Service.

The number of staff full-time equivalent (FTE) staff leaving the Department on all types of early release schemes and under inefficiency dismissal with compensation in each complete financial year since its formation is in the following table. The costs of all these types of releases have been included in the figures below since the costs arising from the dismissals cases are not separately identifiable.

Expenditure (£ million)

Number of staff (FTE)

2002-03

19.43

271

2003-04

16.12

318

2004-05

14.91

930

2005-06

138.3

3,143

Total

188.6

4,662

Notes: 1. The figures do not include the provisions made in the accounts for costs associated with staff approved for early release in 2006-07. 2. Costs include the ongoing costs in respect of early releases dating from 1997-98 in the Benefits Agency, part of the Department of Social Security.

The number of temporary staff employed at 31 March in each year is shown in the following table. The figures are full-time equivalent.

Number of temporary staff (FTE)

31 March 2003

2,685

31 March 2004

4,381

31 March 2005

2,023

31 March 2006

1,419

Information is not available on the numbers of people seconded by outside organisations to within the Department.