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Departmental Senior Civil Servants

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many senior civil servants of each grade in his Department were (a) given early retirement, (b) given severance and (c) received payment for the early termination of a fixed-term appointment in each year since 2005; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such departure. (322709)

The following table shows the numbers of senior civil servants given early retirement in each year since 2005.

Scheme

Grade SCSI

Cost SCSI (£)

Grade SCS2

Cost SCS2 (£)

Grade SCS3

Cost SCS3 (£)

Total cost (£)

2005-06

Early retirement

6

1,417,467

2

470,448

0

0

1,887,915

2006-07

Early retirement

3

459,456

2

605,388

1

1,154,201

2,219,045

2007-08

Early retirement

5

876,431

1

395,725

0

0

1,272,156

2008-09

Early retirement

3

1,003,032

0

0

0

0

1,003,032

The following table shows the numbers of senior civil servants given severance in each year since 2005.

Scheme

Grade SCSI

Cost SCSI (£)

Grade SCS2

Cost SCS2 (£)

Grade SCS3

Cost SCS3 (£)

Total cost (£)

2005-06

Severance

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2006-07

Severance

0

0

1

136,557

0

0

136,557

2007-08

Severance

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2008-09

Severance

1

183,054

0

0

0

0

183,054

The figures for the current year 2009-10 have not been provided as the year end totals are not yet available.

There is no documentation to show that any senior civil servant has received payment for the early termination of a fixed term appointment.