The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.
Letter from Darra Singh:
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has asked me to respond to your question asking how much Jobcentre Plus spent on redundancy payments in 2008-09; and what proportion of staff costs such expenditure represented. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
There have been no compulsory redundancies in Jobcentre Plus, and wherever possible we would seek some form of voluntary release. In 2008/09 there were early departures of staff approved and the cost of these departures are shown in the table below.
2008/09 Early departure costs (£ million) 11 Proportion of staff costs (percentage) 0.6 Source: Departmental financial systems
Early departure costs (£ million)
Proportion of staff costs (percentage)
Departmental financial systems
Early departure costs can be either early retirement or voluntary severance. These relate to staff where posts have been removed due to modernisation and efficiency measures and no suitable re-deployment opportunities existed or were likely to emerge.
I hope this information is helpful.