Latest update on the Scheme (as at 27 November 2018)
Selection for the Scheme has been carried out and the outcome of the selection process notified on 20 November by HRConnect to all those in the selection pool.
If you received a letter advising that you have been selected under the terms of the Scheme, the date of the letter is the start of your notice period. In due course you will receive a further letter from HRConnect confirming your last day of service, and advising what you need to do. You may find it helpful to access the VE User Guide which sets out the actions to be taken by an individual selected for exit and by their Line Manager.
If you received a letter advising that you have not been selected, the period of 10 working days during which, if you wish, you can appeal against non-selection, begins on the date of the letter, ending at close of play on Monday 3rd December 2018. The grounds on which an appeal can be made are set out in the Scheme Information Booklet paragraphs 42 – 45. FAQs relating to the appeals process are available, along with the form that must be used to submit an appeal, on the Scheme Information page.
Background to the scheme
Following the completion of the Review of Legal Grades in November 2017, a surplus was identified among civil legal staff at substantive Grade 6 Senior Principal Legal Officer/Senior Legal Assistant level. While senior management have taken a range of actions to address this situation, some of which are currently ongoing, a small surplus of Grade 6 SPLO /SLA civil legal staff will remain following the full outworking of the Review of Legal Grades.
The aim of the Scheme is to address this surplus situation by offering staff the opportunity to apply to be considered for selection to leave under NICS early exit arrangements, while taking into account the need to maintain essential business continuity across legal services business areas. The number of staff to leave will depend on the number of surplus staff at the time selection is carried out.
The eligibility requirements for the Scheme are based on the need to address a surplus situation at substantive Grade 6 Senior Principal Legal Officer (civil)/ Senior Legal Assistant level. Staff at these grades within PPS will not be eligible for the Scheme as no surplus exists at that grade among criminal legal staff, and redeployment of civil legal staff to criminal legal vacancies arising from PPS participation in the Scheme would be problematic in terms of business continuity within PPS, and so would not address the civil legal surplus.
This section provides information relevant to the Scheme.
- Scheme Information Booklet. This provides key details of the Scheme, such as the eligibility criteria, the terms offered, and dates of stages in the Scheme process
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These provide information on various aspects of the Scheme as raised by affected staff. FAQs will be updated as appropriate during the course of the Scheme. Latest update as at 16 November 2018.
- Quick Reference Guide for Staff. This explains how to access and use the scheme application site.
- User Guide for staff and Line Managers.
- Appeals form. Form for use for appeals against non-selection.
The user guide provides step-by-step guidance on what action individuals and line managers need to take during the course of the Scheme.
Civil Service Pensions information
This section provides links to the Civil Service Pensions Calculators page, which includes the Compensation Calculator. You do not have to use this calculator, as you will receive a quote from Civil Service Pensions of the compensation to which you would be entitled if you submit an Expression of Interest. However it may help you to decide whether or not you are interested. Please note if you are currently part time or have been part time in the previous 3 years or are partial retired you will not be able to use the compensation calculator as your Annual Benefit Statement will not contain the information you require to use the calculator.
The section also provides a link to the general rules of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme relating to Voluntary Exit.
Communications to staff
This section provides a copy of communications issued to eligible staff and their line managers relating to the Scheme, including two earlier communications on the wider outworkings of the Review of Legal Grades.