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Departmental Expenditure

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has responsibility spent on redundancy payments (i) in each of the last 24 months for which figures are available and (ii) in each year since 1997. (105809)

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment, including the Employment Service. All figures shown prior to financial year 2001-02 relate only to the former Department of Social Security.

Amounts spent by the Department on staff exit schemes since 1997-98 are set out in the following table. This includes all staff released from the Department on early release schemes and staff released under Inefficiency Dismissal with Compensation.

£ million

1997-98

76.7

1998-99

20.5

1999-2000

20.2

2000-01

21.6

2001-02

18.4

2002-03

19.4

2003-04

16.1

2004-05

29.6

2005-06

140.0

An analysis of the amounts spent by individual agency is only available since the formation of the Department for Work and Pensions in 2001-02. Figures are set out in the following table.

£ million

Business

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

Benefits Agency

1.73

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1.73

The Pensions Service

n/a

0.20

0.19

1.28

14.06

15.73

Child Support Agency

1.40

0.83

0.82

0.83

4.48

8.36

Disability and Carers Service

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.00

6.98

6.98

The Appeals Service

0.20

0.15

0.17

0.17

0.16

0.85

Jobcentre Plus

0.00

0.00

0.18

6.59

69.01

75.78

Health and Safety Executive

n/a

2.08

0.65

0.75

1.81

5.29

The Rent Service

n/a

n/a

n/a

1.68

0.00

1.68

Departmental Corporate Units

15.03

16.17

14.11

18.26

43.48

107.05

Total

18.36

19.43

16.12

29.56

139.98

223.45

n/a = The Agency did not exist in the Department in the year in question. Notes: 1. A proportion of the ongoing annual pension payments for early retirement cases are held centrally and included in the departmental corporate units’ line from 2004-05 and 2005-06.

2. The figures do not include the provisions made in the accounts for costs associated with staff approved for early release in 2006-07

A monthly breakdown of the amounts spent by individual Agencies in financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 is set out in the following table.

£ million

Business

TPS

CSA

DCS

TAS

JCP

HSE

Rent

Corp.

Total

April 2004

0.02

0.06

0.00

0.01

0.33

0.06

0.14

0.76

1.38

May 2004

0.01

0.08

0.00

0.01

0.11

0.06

0.14

0.76

1.17

June 2004

0.07

0.08

0.00

0.02

0.22

0.06

0.14

0.77

1.36

July 2004

0.07

0.06

0.00

0.02

0.14

0.06

0.14

1.02

1.51

August 2004

0.04

0.07

0.00

0.02

1.26

0.06

0.14

0.75

2.34

September 2004

0.02

0.06

0.00

0.01

0.64

0.06

0.14

0.49

1.42

October 2004

0.01

0.06

0.00

0.01

0.56

0.06

0.14

0.74

1.58

November 2004

0.02

0.06

0.00

0.01

0.52

0.06

0.14

0.79

1.60

December 2004

0.06

0.09

0.00

0.01

0.48

0.06

0.14

0.68

1.52

January 2005

0.04

0.11

0.00

0.01

0.33

0.06

0.14

0.69

1.38

February 2005

0.44

0.05

0.00

0.01

0.17

0.06

0.14

1.05

1.92

March 2005

0.48

0.05

0.00

0.03

1.83

0.09

0.14

9.76

12.38

Total

1.28

0.83

0.00

0.17

6.59

0.75

1.68

18.26

29.56

April 2005

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

-0.04

-0.04

May 2005

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.94

0.94

June 2005

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.66

1.66

July 2005

0.33

0.39

0.24

0.04

1.36

0.00

0.00

16.19

18.55

August 2005

0.10

0.14

-0.02

0.02

0.42

0.00

0.00

14.95

15.61

September 2005

0.22

0.11

0.03

0.02

0.50

0.00

0.00

4.35

5.23

October 2005

0.12

0.07

0.02

0.01

0.68

1.43

0.00

4.62

6.95

November 2005

0.32

0.30

0.07

0.01

0.30

0.22

0.00

19.61

20.83

December 2005

0.10

0.05

0.07

0.01

0.64

0.16

0.00

4.58

5.61

January 2006

2.85

2.59

-0.04

0.01

9.43

0.00

0.00

-4.01

10.83

February 2006

0.16

0.13

-0.04

0.01

0.71

0.00

0.00

10.00

10.97

March 2006

9.86

0.70

6.65

0.03

54.97

0.00

0.00

-29.37

42.84

Total

14.06

4.48

6.98

0.16

69.01

1.81

0.00

43.48

139.98

Notes: IPS - The Pension Service CSA - Child Support Agency DCS - Disability and Carers Service TAS - The Appeals Service JCP - Jobcentre Plus HSE - Health and Safety Executive Rent - The Rent Service Corp. - Departmental Corporate Units

The negative figures in the Departmental Corporate Units line represent internal accounting adjustments in respect of lump sum recharges to the appropriate business units.