Almost half of civil servants received bonuses of up to £62,000 each last year

Nearly half of the UK’s civil servants each received bonuses of up to £62,000 in the last year, despite a pledge by the government to crack down on a culture of rewarding mediocre performance.

More than 160,000 officials, about 40%, received bonuses totalling £140m of taxpayers’ money, including at public bodies heavily criticised for poor performance.

According to the Telegraph, Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: “These figures show that it’s Carry on Sir Humphrey in Whitehall. We are rewarding inept officials regardless of what they have achieved.

“The British government is primarily run in the interests of the people who work for it, and despite all the talk of austerity the civil service and quangocrats continue help themselves to our tax pounds.”

The Department for Work and Pensions, which came under fire for its woeful administration during the implementation of the government’s administrative reforms, rewarded 91% of officials, with bonuses totalling an astonishing £50m.

Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union which represents rank-and-file staff, said the bonus system should be replaced with higher wages.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “These bonuses are unfair, favour the highest paid and are often discriminatory.”

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