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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Estates

 

While perusing the CS Blog we happened upon this:

https://civilservice.blog.gov.uk/2016/04/28/a-model-for-a-more-collaborative-civil-service-the-estate-strategy-in-action/

 

Yes there are many excellent points here but when looking at HMRC there is also a deep false economy. The business (let alone operational) case is unproven.

 

At a time when HMRC staff are being made redundant and with many more to come – when will this be challenged logically and methodically?

 

Pensions

 

Keep up-to-date on your pensions

http://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/members/quick-start/

 

http://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/media/181509/quick-start-at-a-glance-guide-final2.pdf

 

The fact that Alpha is risible compared to previous schemes and allied to real pay cuts and contribution increases , scheme closures , inflation , train fares ( see the recent TUC study ) and non consolidated pay rises – the recent statement that wages are rising faster than inflation is not applicable to HMRC staff. We have long said that the last 10 years have produced at least 10% pay cuts in real terms to HMRC staff – probably more in fact. HMRC trumpets record tax yield (yes, we know what could be said about that – we started that debate several years ago) so where is the case from the employer, that can be made even under current Treasury rules, to reward the staff?........rant over.

 

Mental Wellbeing

We are dealing with more and more cases where the lack of understanding of complex mental health issues is causing problems and inhibiting solutions. It was therefore heartening to read this:

https://civilservice.blog.gov.uk/2016/07/18/why-i-declare-and-why-im-getting-a-passport/

 

We would also urge ALL staff to complete this training:

 

MHA14 – Mental Health Awareness – available via Civil Service Learning

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