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Departmental Pay

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in his Department were awarded a bonus in 2009; and what the (a) highest, (b) lowest, (c) mean, (d) median and (e) mode bonus awarded was. (320798)

The following table sets out the details of performance related payments made to senior civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government following the 2009 pay award, broken down into £5,000 bands.

Details of performance related payments

Number of performance related payments made

102

Proportion this represents (percentage)

76

Highest in the range

£10,001 to £15,000

Lowest in the range

£0 to £5,000

Mean in the range

£5,001 to £10,000

Median in the range

£5,001 to £10,000

Mode in the range

£0 to £5,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of his Department’s Board members who were civil servants working in his Department were awarded a bonus in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009; and what the highest bonus paid was in each of those years. (320799)

The Communities and Local Government Board consists of eight senior civil servants (SCS) and currently five non-executive members. CLG only holds records of those who are civil servants within Communities and Local Government.

In 2008 all eight executive board members received a performance related payment. The highest payment made was in the range of between £20,000 and £25,000.

In 2009, the permanent secretary volunteered to forgo a bonus. The seven other executive members received a performance related payment. The highest payment made in the range of between £10,000 and £15,000.

An element of the Communities and Local Government 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 percentage of the pay bill set aside for performance-related awards for the SCS is based on recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) highest, (b) lowest, (c) mean, (d) median and (e) mode salary paid to (i) senior civil servants in his Department and (ii) his Department’s Board members who were senior civil servants was following the 2009 pay award. (320800)

The following table sets out salary details of senior civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government following the 2009 pay award broken down into £5,000 bands.

Within the below salary range

Highest

£175,000 to £180,000

Lowest

£55,000 to £60,000

Mean

£80,000 to £85,000

Median

£70,000 to £75,000

Mode

£55,000 to £60,000

Of these senior civil servants eight were board members in 2009, and salary details of these are set out in the following table broken down into £5,000 bands.

Within the below salary range

Highest

£175,000 to £180,000

Lowest

£105,000 to £110,000

Mean

£145,000 to £150,000

Median

£150,000 to £155,000

Mode

n/a

n/a = Not applicable.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many senior civil servants there were in his Department at the time of the 2009 pay award; how many of them received a pay award excluding any bonuses; what the (a) lowest, (b) highest, (c) mean, (d) median and (e) mode pay award was; and how many such officials (i) received a fully consolidated increase in salary and (ii) received a pay award but no increase in salary. (320801)

At the time of the 2009 pay award 134 senior civil servants were included in the annual pay assessment for the main Communities and Local Government Department. Of these, 112 received a fully consolidated increase in salary and one received a non-consolidated pay award but no increase in salary.

The following table sets out the increases in salary of the senior civil servants in the Department for Communities and Local Government following the 2009 pay award, broken down into £5,000 bands.

Within the range

Highest

£10,000 to £15,000

Lowest

£0 to £5,000

Mean

£0 to £5,000

Median

£0 to £5,000

Mode

£0 to £5,000

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Neill) of 12 October 2009, Official Report, columns 312-3W, on departmental pay, what contractual arrangements led to the payment of a non-consolidated sum to Mr. Falvey. (322710)