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Departmental Pay

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in 2009. (306429)

An element of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’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.

The total amount of non-consolidated variable pay paid to civil servants in DECC from January to August 2009 inclusive (the latest figures available) is £484,000.