Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Seán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
Question 362: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will outline on a yearly basis form 2008 to 2015 in respect of staff leaving the public service in her Department; the cost of lump sums; the cost of severance payments; the cost of pensions of those leaving the service through retirement or other means; the loss of the pension levy from employees who have left; the loss of superannuation payments from retired or departed employees, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8442/12]
Joan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
The table shows the number of staff who retired from my Department from 2008 to date (10 February); the amount paid to those officers in lump sums; and the annual estimated gross pension costs per annum associated with those retired staff members which does not include the Public Service Pension Reduction. Details of future retirements up to 2015, apart from those in respect of staff members who may reach maximum retirement age in that period, are not readily available and due to the pressure of work in the HR pensions area at present I am not in a position to provide these details. I can, however, inform the Deputy that a further 202 staff members have applied to retire before 29 February 2012 and their applications are currently being processed.
During the period from 2008 no severance payments were made to staff retiring from my Department. Figures in relation to the loss of the pension levy from employees who have retired from my Department and the loss of superannuation payments from retired staff of my Department are not available.
Year Number of retirements Lump sums Pensions
2008 80 €5,094,146.97 €1,666,127.75
2009 257 €11,998,046.98 €6,309,771.95
2010 98 €5,075,274.43 €2,309,060.71
2011 118 €6,415,699.86 €2,063,324.11
2012 to date 35 €2,225,574.31