Consultation on further changes to public sector exit payments

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05 / 2 / 2016 4.04pm

We are seeking views from employers to feed into the government’s consultation on public sector redundancy compensation. The draft proposals aim to ‘ensure greater consistency, fairness and sustainability in the provision of public sector compensation’.   

The proposed changes include options to take action on some, or all, of the following elements of redundancy compensation provisions.

  • Setting the maximum tariff for calculating exit payments at three weeks’ pay, per year of service. 
  • Capping the maximum number of months’ salary that can be used when calculating redundancy payments to 15 months.
  • Setting a maximum salary for the calculation of exit payments. This limit could align with the NHS Staff Council’s redundancy scheme’s salary cap of £80,000. 
  • Enabling the amount of lump sum compensation an individual is entitled to receive to be tapered as they get close to the normal pension. 
  • Reducing the cost of employer-funded pension top up payments.

Read the full consultation document.

These proposals are in addition to plans already announced to introduce a maximum £95k cap on any public sector exit payment, and new rules requiring recovery of exit payments for high paid staff who return to return to public sector employment within twelve months.

Have your say

We want to hear the views of employers on the impact of these proposals for NHS provisions. Please email your responses by Tuesday 19 April 2016 to

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