Publication of report: Home Office—Work of the Permanent Secretary

22 August 2011

In a report released today, the Home Affairs Select Committee expressed surprise that, at a time of acute financial stringency, when major savings are being demanded of the police, the Home Office still proposes to pay bonuses to senior staff in the Department. 

Report: Home Office—Work of the Permanent Secretary

Home Affairs Committee

The Committee also asks in the report for quarterly updates on the Home Office’s progress in making savings from procurement. 

Chairman of the Committee, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said

“The Home Office faces a reduction of 25% in their budget over the next 4 years. This will include critical areas such as policing and immigration. In her evidence to the Committee, Dame Helen Ghosh said that the Home Office proposes to pay bonuses to some senior civil servants who earn above £60,000. We believe this is wrong. We have seen nothing to demonstrate that this offers value for money. We do not believe that such bonuses should be paid at present.”

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