David Cameron quietly announced a new bonus scheme worth thousands of pounds for top civil servants, while the media were concentrating on the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Meanwhile, the Government confirmed it would award armed forces personnel pay rises of just one per cent across the board.
Senior civil service Officials will be in line for ‘on the spot’ bonuses of up to £5,000 to recognise “outstanding contribution” to Government departments.
The top-ups will be doled out to the 10 per cent highest performing officials working for Government departments.
A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said the money for the new bonus scheme will come from the existing civil service budget, but can be paid at any time through the year.
The miserly increase in Armed Forces pay is in line with the one per cent cap on wage increases in the public sector – but the civil service increase isn’t.
But it is lower than the 1.3 per cent salary bump MPs accepted this month, boosting their basic salary to £74,962.
A newly trained private in the Army will see their salary increase from £18,125 to 18,306.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “Morale in the forces is at a low point, with many positions undermanned… Our armed forces are lions led by ministers who are, frankly, donkeys.”
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