It is not the policy of the Prison Service to make payment to staff in respect of outstanding time off in lieu except in exceptional circumstances i.e. a member of staff leaving the service. However, at 31 March 2006, the date of the last set of audited accounts, the cost of paying all outstanding amounts would have been £1,470,713 at the contracted hours rate.
Prison Service Order 8480 Performance Recognition details the criteria which determine the award of bonuses within HM Prison Service. These criteria allow managers to award a bonus payment of up to £2,000 and, with Director General approval, a bonus payment of between £2,001 and £20,000. The size of the budget for bonuses is determined by the budget holder and may not exceed 0.5 per cent. of the pay bill costs in any business unit.