Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (228)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

228. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide a yearly detailed breakdown of the sectoral measures, and accompanying savings, for the duration of the Haddington Road agreement applicable in his Department and-or non-commercial State sponsored bodies under the aegis of his Department. [35858/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The measures applying to the Defence Forces are as set out in the Defence Sector Collective Agreement, Appendix 2 of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2016 - The Haddington Road Agreement. The projected savings of €9.8m per annum to be achieved by 2015 are as follows:

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Projected Saving in 2013

(Half Year)

Projected Saving in 2014

Projected Saving in 2015

Projected Saving to 01 July 2016

(Half Year)

Incorporation of duties attracting Technical Group 1 pay into standard duties for new enlisted personnel

€23,580

€47,160

€94,320

€70,740

Flat rating SDA and related payments at standard weekday rate

€875,000

€1,750,000

€1,750,000

€875,000

10% Reduction in certain Defence Force Allowances

€1,795,000

€3,590,000

€3,590.000

€1,795,000

Elimination of Border Duty Allowance for Officers

€61,000

€122,000

€122,000

€61,000

Voluntary buyout of Border Duty Allowance for enlisted personnel.

€500,000

€1,000,000

€2,000,000

€1,250,000

Elimination of Special Instructors Allowance for Officers.

€133,500

€267,000

€267,000

€267,000

Implementation of additional incremental points in pay scales for new enlisted personnel post 01 July 2013

€0

€613,967

€1,642,095

€1,465,917

10% Reduction in rate for paid training of RDF members

€175,000

€350,000

€350,000

€175,000

Total

€3,563,080

(Half Year)

€7,740,127

€9,815,415

€5,959,657

(Half Year)

These savings are in addition to centrally agreed pay adjustments in respect of increments and related measures. The Deputy is requested to note that the savings set out in the table are projections and actual savings under some of the measures are difficult to accurately determine.

As stated by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Haddington Road Agreement will facilitate a reduction of €1 billion in the public service pay and pensions bill by 2016. In relation to my Department, the savings arising under The Haddington Road Agreement have been incorporated in the Departments revised estimate for 2013, and further details for 2014 and 2015 will be incorporated in the vote allocation in the context of the overall estimates process.