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Departmental Pay

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the system for the remuneration of (a) board members and (b) special advisers in her Department includes an incentive or bonus element. (268835)

The Communities and Local Government board consists of eight executive board members and five non-executive board members (although one non-executive board member post is vacant at present). There is no system of incentives or bonuses for the non-executive board members.

The eight executive board members are all senior civil servants and therefore eligible to be considered for annual performance bonuses under senior civil service pay arrangements. Our senior civil service staff members are assessed against a range of factors, such as:

The achievement of their Prime Objective which focuses on the way in which they lead, manage and develop their staff;

Degree to which business objectives are met;

Delivery for Ministers;

Demonstration of skills such as judgment, leadership and the PSG skills;

Effective resource management

There is no system of incentives or bonuses for special advisers in the Department.