UK: MP disbelief over Home Office bonuses

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More than £770 000 is to be paid to senior Home Office civil servants in bonuses, according to Damian Green, the Immigration minister. Apparently, this amount represents a cut when compared to last year’s figure of £1.4 million, or equivalent to 4% of the total pay bill instead of the 8.6% which had been set aside for performance bonuses. He also said that staff would not receive a pay rise, in accordance with the public sector pay freeze.

In response to his appearance before the Commons home affairs select committee, angry MPs complained that bonuses should not be compulsory and that reducing bonuses is not a pay cut.