Currently, there are two different bonus schemes which operate for HMRC officials working in criminal investigations. One is performance related, tied to annual work; whilst the second is recognition related for staff, excluding senior civil service, which reflects exceptional in-year performance.
The official figures show that in 2008 / 09 £379,656 was paid in bonuses; followed by £435,689 and £349,168 in the two years that followed. So far in 2001 / 12, £275,326 has been paid, although the Treasury minister, David Guake, did tell MPs the final figure wouldn’t be available until the end of the current financial year.
He added: The overall value of bonuses paid to those working in criminal investigation will be dependent upon the performance of individuals across the performance year.
“Beyond 2013 we cannot provide any forecasts due to the ongoing wider civil service reward reform work.”
Priti Patel, the Conservative backbench MP whose Parliamentary Question forced the Government to disclose the figures, said of the figures disclosed: “That is an astonishing figure in light of the problems the public face across the country. It is positive that they are falling but they are still too high.
“More needs to be done to get the figures down. Bonuses still need to be justified when they are paid out by HMRC.”
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