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Jenny Willott MP appalled by bonuses for top Welsh Assembly civil servants whilst staff pay is frozen

December 4, 2012 4:04 PM

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, has condemned the Welsh Assembly after it was revealed that higher-earning civil servants have been paid £7,000 each in bonuses whilst pay has been frozen for those on lower salaries.

A recent report has indicated that the chief information officer of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) received a bonus of between £15,000 and £20,000 for the second year running.

The PCS civil servant union has condemned the bonuses, whilst a leading trade unionist has indicated that industrial action is likely to be taken in the New Year.

Commenting today, Jenny Willott MP said:

"During these tough economic times it's outrageous that senior civil servants are being given bonuses while their staff are dealing with salary freezes.

"I fully believe in rewarding excellence and appreciate the great job that I'm sure all of these civil servants do, but at a time when the vast majority of public sector workers are in their third year of a pay freeze, additional pay for those already earning far more than most appears indefensible.

"Those at the top of the civil service should be setting an example of public service."