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Departmental Pay

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to page 25 of his Department’s Resource Accounts 2008-09, HC 449, for what reasons the salary ranges relating to Director-General (a) Mike Falvey and (b) Joe Montgomery were increased by £20,000 in 2008-09. (290660)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: In the Department’s Resource Accounts, the salaries paid to Board members are identified in bands of £5,000. Details are provided for the period covered by the Resource Accounts and for the previous financial year.

In the financial year 2008-09, the salary paid to Director-General Joe Montgomery increased as a result of payment of a non-consolidated sum, under the annual pay arrangements for senior civil servants, together with repositioning of his base salary to reflect an increase in responsibility. With these increases, the total paid in salary to Joe Montgomery in 2008-09 exceeded the previous threshold for the band in which his income had been reported in 2007-08.

The salary paid to Director-General Mike Falvey increased as a result of payment of a non-consolidated sum that formed part of the contractual arrangements agreed at the time of his appointment. With this increase, the total paid in salary to Mike Falvey in 2008-09 exceeded the previous threshold for the band in which his income had been reported in 2007-08.