• Environment Agency Pay

    10 May 2019

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the Environment Agency and Early Day Motion (EDM) 2206.

    Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility.

    First and foremost, I would like to put on record my appreciation for the vital work the Environment Agency does to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development.

    As a public sector body, the Environment Agency is bound by HM Treasury’s Civil Service Pay Guidance. In 2018, pay awards for those covered by the guidance were limited to a maximum of 1.5 per cent of total pay.

    As I understand it, the whole of this pay award was utilised:
    - to support lower earners in each pay range, of whom 60 per cent received a consolidated increase of 1.6 per cent; and
    - to offer a 3 per cent increase to vital employee allowances that support the Environment Agency’s role as a Category 1 Incident Responder.

    In addition to this, 86 per cent of Environment Agency staff received a non-consolidated performance pay award of 2.5 per cent (where objectives were exceeded) or 1.5 per cent (where objectives were met).

    As pay is an operational matter for the Environment Agency it would not be appropriate for either the Government or me to get involved in the human resources issues of an independent agency.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General