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Departmental Pay

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) its agency paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (i) all staff and (ii) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. (275262)

An element of the Cabinet Office’s overall pay award is allocated to non-consolidated variable pay related to performance. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, for example by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives. Non-consolidated variable pay awards are funded from within existing pay bill controls, and have to be re-earned each year against pre-determined targets and, as such, do not add to future pay bill costs.

Details of non-consolidated payments made in 2008-09 will only be available once the Department’s annual report has been published.