Information regarding the departure of the Permanent Secretary: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

What are the rules and will she receive compensation?


As stated previously, the Head of the Civil Service in Scotland will leave the civil service as planned when her term as Permanent Secretary concludes on 31 March 2022. Any pension payments that are due at this time will be made in line with normal rules. Any other contractual payments will be dependent on the circumstances at the time, such as pay in lieu of notice or payment for untaken leave days, so cannot be quantified at this time. These payments will be published in the annual Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts in due course (Publications - ( Information on Civil Service Pension Scheme rules can be found at: : Civil Service Pensions : Scheme rules ( Your request also asked about compensation scheme rules.

Although not relevant to these circumstances, as the Permanent Secretary is not leaving under the terms of voluntary severance or compulsory redundancy, the Civil Service Compensation Scheme rules can be accessed here: Civil Service Pensions : Civil Service Compensation Scheme for members (

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