Magazine article Public Finance

DWP to Save Money by Scrapping Higher Executive Grade

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP to Save Money by Scrapping Higher Executive Grade

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The government's largest department this week announced it would axe an entire management grade under plans to transform the way it provides pension services.

Senior officials at the Department for Work and Pensions will scrap the higher executive officer grade, a middle management post, at its pension centres as part of its modernisation programme.

Some pension centres have been closed and others merged as part of the DWP's contribution to the government's £40bn total efficiency savings target by 2008. DWP mandarins must slash 30,000 civil service posts by that date.

The Pension Service management announced the move on April 11, claiming it would introduce a flatter management structure that would provide additional efficiencies. The service will remove the HEO grade, apart from a small number in support services. …

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