Public Sector Exit Payments

22nd September 2020

Exit payments can often be important to an employer’s ability to adapt to new circumstances and provide vital financial support to individuals as they search for a new job. Public servants should be given some financial security, but this should only be in a manner that is fair and justifiable.

Six-figure exit payments are far in excess of those available to most workers in the public sector or wider economy, and I do not believe such payments are proportionate or fair to taxpayers. That is why I welcome plans to cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000. Even then, I do not expect payments at this level to be the norm.

I am informed that exit payments beneath the £95,000 cap will continue to be available, so that public sector employees can support their families and find new employment.

I understand that this policy has been carefully designed to protect long-serving, lower-earning staff.

Contact Peter Aldous MP

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