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Departmental Redundancy

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 2024-5W, on redundancy, how many staff left his Department under staff exit schemes with a severance package worth (a) between £100,000 and £125,000, (b) between £125,001 and £150,000, (c) between £150,001 and £200,000, (d) between £200,001 and £250,000, (e) between £250,001 and £500,000, (f) between £500,001 and £1,000,000 and (g) over £1,000,000 in each year since 2005-06. (264243)

With reference to the answer of 26 November 2008 Official Report columns 2024-5W. The following table shows the number of staff who left the Department and its agencies on all types of staff exit schemes with a severance package worth, in total, more than £100,000, grouped by the value of the severance packages:

Cost of package

Number of cases

£100,000-£125,000

50

£125,001-£150,000

32

£150,001-£200,000

46

£200,001-£250,000

9

£250,001-£500,000

<5

£500,001-£1,000,000

0

Over £1,000,000

0

Where the figure is less than five information is suppressed on the grounds of confidentiality.

Staff exits were related to the achievement of an overall headcount reduction of 31,101 as part of the Department's Modernisation and Efficiency Programme during the 2004 spending review period.