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Departmental Pay

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much has been paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department in each year since 2003. (306456)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) year end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in the Office of the Leader of the House in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in such bonuses in each year; (307090)

(2) how many (a) year-end and (b) in-year bonuses were paid to officials in her Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in such bonuses in each such year.

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.

The following table details the number of non-consolidated variable pay awards made to officials in the Cabinet Office under senior civil service performance management and pay arrangements and non-senior civil service pay awards and how much was awarded for the last year of published accounts.

Number of awards

Total paid in non-consolidated awards (£)

2007-08

745

1,745,118

For how many and how much was paid in non-consolidated awards relating to performance in the years 2006-07, 2005-06, 2004-05 and 2003-04, I refer the hon. Members to the answer given to the hon. Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr. Hammond) on 6 June 2008, Official Report, column 1185W, and the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) on 2 July 2007, Official Report, column 901W.

There is also a small number of staff who received in-year bonuses over this period. The total cost is not held centrally and would be available only at disproportionate cost.