Whitehall departments spent up to £30m on bonuses last year, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The figures, released in answer to Parliamentary Questions, show that:
- The Department for Work and Pensions spent £28m on bonuses in 2008/9, awarding bonuses to 94% of its staff
- 80% of staff in the Foreign Office received a bonus, with a combined bonus pot of almost £7m
- 84% of staff at the Department for International Development were awarded bonuses
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable said:
“It seems the reckless bonus culture that has infected our banking system also exists in the heart of Whitehall.
“How can the Government expect the banks to cut down on bonuses when a single Department is forking out £30m to its staff?
“With struggling families across the country being forced to tighten their belts, Gordon Brown should be leading by example and getting his own house in order.”