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Home Office staff awarded big bonuses

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by Kay Mitchell

It has emerged that big bonuses are to be awarded to Home Office staff despite the new coalition Government’s public spending cuts.

Speaking before the Commons home affairs committee, Damien Green, Immigration Minister, said the payments to senior officials would total almost £800,000 this year, compared to last year’s bonuses which totalled £1.4 million.

In his emergency budget last month, Chancellor George Osborne outlined plans to freeze the pay of public sector workers for two years – excluding those earning less than £21,000 a year.

Members of the committee questioned why bonuses appeared to be awarded automatically, rather than earned.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz highlighted that such payments should not be an entitlement, and said: “It is not a pay cut.”

Also appearing before MPs, Lin Homer, UK Border Agency, divulged that she had received a bonus “in the region of £10,000 to £15,000″ last year, in addition to her £200,000 salary.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to crack down on these types of bonuses paid to civil servants.

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