A SCHEME to reduce the size and cost of the Civil Service will deliver annual savings of more than £1m, Civil Service Commission chairman Alfred Cannan MHK has announced.
He said the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) had been a success – with 27 applications approved by the end of January.
A number of applications remain ‘under consideration’ and the aim is to complete the process by the end of March.
And due to its success, the scheme could be re-run later in the year.
Mr Cannan said: ‘The recently produced Chief Minister’s Agenda for Change document clearly identified the need for Government to change.
‘Government is to become smaller and simpler and employment costs are to be cut. MARS is one of the means by which this objective can be achieved.
‘The Civil Service Commission continues to work in partnership with the Government Officers’ Association /Prospect where matters relating to terms and conditions of existing civil servants are concerned.’
The scheme was available to all members of the Civil Service and was open from July to December 31, 2012.
Successful applicants would be entitled to a severance payment provided their department was able to demonstrate a long-term financial saving to Government.
Payments were calculated using factors including age of the individual, length of service, potential savings and the cost of achieving them in a defined period.
At the time MARS was announced, a joint statement issued by the Civil Service Commission and the Government Officers’ Association said the severance terms provided a ‘fair level of compensation’ for leavers while at the same time giving value for money for the public purse.
The total savings are expected to be £1.02m.
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