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Cameron overruled Civil Service advice

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/07/2016

Former Prime Minister David Cameron
Former Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron overruled strongly worded Civil Service advice so that his special advisers would get an extra £282,000 in severance pay because of his resignation.

Civil Service chief executive John Manzoni insisted the Prime Minister would have to order him to boost golden goodbye packages for long-serving special advisers from the 4.5 months’ pay stated in their contracts to the six months’ worth of wages Mr Cameron wanted them to have because he “strongly” disagreed with the move.

Mr Cameron’s decision would send the severance pay bill soaring by £282,892, taking it from £747,045 to £1,029,938, and set a precedent across all Government departments that could lead to another 30 special advisers getting the same deal, the top civil servant warned.

Mr Manzoni wrote: “I do not believe there is a case for awarding higher sums than those for which the contract allows.

“Legal advice supports this position, and lawyers have been clear that awarding a further month’s salary for special advisers in this position would constitute a payment above the contractual entitlement.

“My strong advice is that we continue to abide by the provisions in their contracts of employment.”

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