Under existing Whitehall rules, some civil servants are entitled to severance payouts worth as much as six years’ salary. Ministers want to shrink those packages to bring them in line with the private sector, where workers who are made redundant typically receive the equivalent of a few months’ or even weeks’ pay.
Given that public sector salaries are on par with private, pension arrangements notably more generous, there\’s really no reason why redundancy should be so much higher.
Especially since a private sector company that is really crocked goes bust….at which point the workers get only statutory redundancy, no more. And going bust isn\’t something that happens to government departments. Not in law, anyway.