Woolas: 6,036 payments were made relating to “exceptional” performance the previous year 21st May 2009: Recession may have hit the migrants hard compelling them to head home, but the staff at the Home Office headquarters and the UK Border Agency has received its bonus.
More than £3.4million was paid in bonuses to staff in 2008-09, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said.
In a Commons written reply, he said 6,036 payments were made relating to “exceptional” performance the previous year. Woolas told shadow treasury chief secretary Philip Hammond that the ‘non-consolidated performance payments’ comprised 0.5 per cent of a total pay bill of £750million.
It is, however, not the first time immigration officers have benefited from the public purse. On the day a Home Affairs select committee was told 300,000 foreigners were being wrongly allowed into Britain every year because officials found it quicker to grant visas than turn them down, immigration officers enjoyed a lavish bash to reward their ‘excellence’.
Last November, more than 200 staff attended a black-tie ‘morale-boosting’ party at London’s Natural History Museum.