Frances Maude, the Cabinet Office minister (pictured) , is responsible for drawing up plans to reduce the 'generosity' of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. All well and good I thought as I read this article in the Telegraph, because in recent years some of the golden handshakes have been excessive to say the least.
Those on a salary of £21,000 or less and forced into redundancy will be protected to a degree and receive a guaranteed minimum payment. That's fair because it's usually the lower paid who come off far worse in redundancy situations.
Then I read this:
Some ministries have “pools” of several hundred workers who do not have allocated jobs but who are not sacked because of the cost.
This is the result of 13 years of Labour - hundreds of people 'employed' by the state to do nothing. I can't find any accurate statistics but I doubt of all these civil servants are in the lower-paid bracket if it's cheaper to keep them as a state employee rather than sack them.
My only concern with Mr Maude's remit is that the majority of his cuts don't target the lower paid and compulsory redundancies will be fair across the board. In the next couple of months I can visualise many working within government departments suddenly finding themselves at risk. If I can help him a little, dare I suggest he start with a few quangos. John Redwood has more information about the coalition policy here where he states that 300,000 leave the public service every year and the reductions could be achieved without compulsory redundancies.
Would it be too much to ask Mr Maude, once he's completed the CSCS work, to do the same for councils? This has to be stopped.