Two Whitehall Departments pay almost £2 million in bonuses

August 06, 2012 12:06 PM

Following a flurry of U-turns after March's shambolic budget, it’s business as usual at the Treasury. Recent figures revealed that civil servants in the Chancellor’s department received a total £970,064 in bonuses despite assurances they would only reward success.

When Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced earlier this year that bonuses would only be paid for “genuine excellence”, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it would usher in a new era in Whitehall where bonuses aren’t a matter of routine. But this is not the case.

The total bill is slightly less than the £1,032,239 paid out the previous year. But considering the disastrous budget in March with so many proposals already being reversed, including the pasty tax and the caravan tax, it’s hard to think of anything the Treasury should be celebrating.

But they're not the only department; the Daily Mirror revealed that civil servants in the Department of Energy and Climate Change trousered annual bonuses worth almost £1 million. And at DECC the bill increased by £130,000 on the previous year. It's astonishing that while household utility bills continue to soar that the department charged with controlling the costs of these bills is so out of touch.

Taxpayers will be astonished that these departments in charge of this year's bungled budget ans rising household bills are so detached from economic reality and continue to pay huge bonuses. If bonuses are a reward for success, then I'd hate to see their definition of failure.Following a flurry of U-turns after March's shambolic budget, it’s business as usual at the Treasury. Recent figures revealed that civil servants in the Chancellor’s department received a total £970,064 in bonuses despite assurances they would only reward success.

When Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced earlier this year that bonuses would only be paid for “genuine excellence”, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it would usher in a new era in Whitehall where bonuses aren’t a matter of routine. But this is not the case.

The total bill is slightly less than the £1,032,239 paid out the previous year. But considering the disastrous budget in March with so many proposals already being reversed, including the pasty tax and the caravan tax, it’s hard to think of anything the Treasury should be celebrating.

But they're not the only department; the Daily Mirror revealed that civil servants in the Department of Energy and Climate Change trousered annual bonuses worth almost £1 million. And at DECC the bill increased by £130,000 on the previous year. It's astonishing that while household utility bills continue to soar that the department charged with controlling the costs of these bills is so out of touch.

Taxpayers will be astonished that these departments in charge of this year's bungled budget ans rising household bills are so detached from economic reality and continue to pay huge bonuses. If bonuses are a reward for success, then I'd hate to see their definition of failure.

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