No cuts to civil service redundancy pay

The government imposed changes on 8 November 2016 to slash civil service redundancy pay just 6 years after the current civil service redundancy scheme was introduced in December 2010.

18 July 2017

We have won a judicial review at the High Court, ruling that the government failed to consult our union with a view to reaching agreement as required by law. Read our full statement.

4-5 July

Judicial review at the High Court over government’s failure to consult with PCS over changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.


The terms in 2010 were described by then Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, as "fair, affordable and sustainable; they offer protection to the lowest paid and those nearing retirement, and put a cap on the total amount which can be paid out to any one individual."

Despite this promise, the government announced fresh attacks on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) when they opened a consultation on 8 February. The proposals were wide ranging but all signified a radical reduction in compensation terms.

The consultation closed on 4 May and PCS has submitted a response alongside over 1,600 members outlining why these latest attacks are not just unnecessary but unjustified and unfair.

The government has now announced it is pressing ahead with plans to slash civil service redundancy terms by at least 25%, and for many people by considerably more.

Without any prior notice, on 26 September the Cabinet Office wrote to the civil service unions confirming its 'offer' on a revised Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

The Cabinet Office has written to all civil service unions (opens as PDF) offering talks, but only on the outrageous pre-condition, that union negotiators accept, in advance, the cuts to civil servants' redundancy terms.
With the civil service planning thousands of job cuts and office closures, PCS is firmly opposed to cuts to redundancy terms. Along with Unite and the POA, we have refused to be bullied into accepting the pre-conditions and have been excluded from the talks.
This means that the Cabinet Office is now refusing to negotiate with unions representing the overwhelming majority of civil servants.
Regrettably two civil service unions, FDA and Prospect have agreed to the pre-conditions, and talks on cutting redundancy terms are taking place with them.

Campaign plan

Our national executive has agreed a campaign plan, including:

  • Exploring any legal options for a challenge, including judicial review
  • Calling on all civil service unions to act together
  • Lobbying politicians to oppose any required legislative changes
  • Consulting members on the proposals and their willingness to take strike action.

As part of our campaign against these attacks we want you to:

  • Ask your MP to oppose cuts to the CSCS
  • Lobby your MP at meetings organised by our regional offices.

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