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Departmental Pay

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. (226421)

The following table provides the information requested.

In Home Office Headquarters and the UK Border Agency, special bonuses are awarded for exceptional outstanding achievements by staff, including Senior Civil Servants, in particularly demanding tasks or situations at any time of the year. Annual, appraisal-related bonuses are made to individuals at Grade 6 and below making exceptional contribution throughout the year. Senior Civil Servants can be awarded performance bonuses as set out in the Senior Salaries Review Body report number 62.

Staff in the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) receive end of year corporate bonuses, and change agent bonuses. Staff in the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) do not receive end of year bonuses. Staff however, do receive special bonus payments.

Table 1: Non-pensionable bonuses awarded (2007-08): Home Office end of year performance and special bonus

Type of bonus

Year paid

Amount paid (£)

Number of payments made

End of year bonus

2007-08

4,482,371

5,657

Special bonus

2007-08

2,564,759

3,702

IPS End of year performance bonus and special bonus

Type of bonus

End of year bonus

2007-08

1,253,045

3,674

Special bonus

2007-08

94,523

862

CRB Special Bonus

Type of bonus

Special bonus

2007-08

21,360

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