Scottish Daily Mail

Vic­tory over pub­lic sec­tor fat cats’ pay

- By James Slack Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor Whitehall · George Osborne · Greg Hands

FAT cat pay and perks in the pub­lic sec­tor will be slashed fol­low­ing a Daily Mail ex­posé.

Cab­i­net min­is­ters will be asked to­day to take the axe to six-fig­ure pay-offs and pen­sions in a move that could save the tax­payer bil­lions of pounds.

Sick pay could also be slashed and spend­ing on agency staff re­duced.

The pro­pos­als are go­ing be­fore a White­hall pub­lic sec­tor ex­pen­di­ture com­mit­tee over­seen by Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne and Trea­sury chief Greg Hands.

A week-long Daily Mail in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­posed how se­nior staff in town halls, po­lice forces, uni­ver­si­ties and the NHS had been pock­et­ing huge sums with lit­tle jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The de­tails were ob­tained by fil­ing al­most 6,000 ques­tions un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, which is un­der threat by min­is­ters claim­ing it is ‘too costly’ to oversee.

The crack­down on pub­lic sec­tor pay – ahead of what are ex­pected to be deep cuts in the Chan­cel­lor’s spend­ing re­view next week – could in­clude a cap on mega pay­offs for bosses, changes to guar­an­teed wage rises and re­views into sick­ness pay and gen­er­ous early re­tire­ment pen­sions.

Lav­ish pay-offs for fat cat bosses, which cost tax­pay­ers £6.5bil­lion be­tween 2011 and 2014, are a par­tic­u­lar tar­get. The Tory man­i­festo in­cluded a plan to limit sev­er­ance pay­ments to £95,000 but in­sid­ers say there is now scope to go even fur­ther.

Last night, a se­nior Gov­ern­ment source said: ‘Min­is­ters are be­ing chal­lenged to look at exit pay­ments, agency work­ers and peo­ple tak­ing early re­tire­ment to save money.’

One fat cat was NHS boss Tri­cia Hart, who picked up a £1.26mil­lion pay deal.

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