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Homes and Communities Agency: Pay

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role she has in monitoring increases in salaries of staff of the Homes and Communities Agency. (248753)

The Secretary of State's role is to approve the overall annual pay proposals for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) bearing in mind the terms of the annual guidance on pay for civil and public servants issued by Her Majesty's Treasury. It is then for individual non departmental public bodies (NDPBs), including the HCA, to determine pay and conditions for their staff.

The Secretary of State also approves the annual inflation increase for the Chief Executives of Communities and Local Government's NDPBs, including for the HCA. The Chairman of the HCA also confers with my Department if the Board is minded to award an annual performance bonus to the Chief Executive.

Furthermore, the HCA will consult my Department on any proposed major structural changes to the HCA's pay and grading systems, and on the pay for any appointments made at Director level or above, including the Chief Executive.