Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (306)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

306. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated full year cost of repealing the FEMPI legislation. [33552/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I refer the Deputy to my reply to PQ 26226 of 25 June 2019.

// Please see attached two Tables in Excel format.

Table 1 provides a full breakdown of costs in relation to the PSSA , on a yearly basis and also by pay band.

Table 2 provides a breakdown of costs in relation to the reversal of outstanding FEMPI measures. As the dates by which these payments must be made are not fixed, but dependent on the timeframes outlined in the act and detailed below, it is not possible to apportion these costs by year.

Chapter 5 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 outlines that for public servants who have not achieved full restoration by October 2020 (i.e. the date of the last PSSA increase), restoration of outstanding FEMPI amounts must be completed by way of Ministerial order. This Order must be made on the following dates:

For those with a post-PSSA salary of under €150,000:

- Covered public servants: a date after 1 October 2020 but before 1 July 2021.

- Non-covered public servants: on 1 July 2021.

For those with a post-PSSA salary in excess of €150,000:

- Covered public servants: a date after 1 October 2020 but before 1 July 2022.

- Non-covered public servants: a date after 1 July 2021 but before 1 July 2022.

Under Section 21 of the Act these restoration measures do not apply to certain officeholders including Cabinet members and the Attorney General.

PSSA and FEMPI