Pay:Written question - 213078

Asked by John Woodcock
(Barrow and Furness)
Asked on: 03 November 2014
Department for Work and Pensions
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date.
Answered by: Steve Webb
Answered on: 07 November 2014

DWP employees up to Grade 6 are eligible to be nominated for an in-year performance award. These are one-off payments, made to recognise exceptional achievements and/or contributions to business performance. In-year awards can be made at any time during the performance year and are paid either as retail vouchers between £25 and £50 or cash payments of £50 or above. Senior Civil Servants are not eligible to receive these payments. The total amount available for in-year awards is 0.23% of total paybill.

During the 2013/14 financial year 100,585 in-year awards, worth £5,030,126 were made, which equates to 0.19% of paybill.

Between April and Sept 2014 41,370 in-year awards, with a value of £1,778,015, were made, which equates to 0.15% of paybill.

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