Voluntary Redundancy Scheme


Members will be aware that, under NOMS guidance, certain staff are now being invited to express an interest in taking the enhanced voluntary redundancy (VR) terms.

The deadline for expressions of interest, which are without commitment, is 20 June.  The documentation associated with the scheme in within the Toolkit

Members should be aware that:

·         The VR scheme is owned by the National Negotiating Council (NNC), not by NPS or the CRCs alone.

  • ·         The scheme applies to both CRC and NPS staff.
  • ·         If members are concerns over the way in which the scheme is being operated then they should notify their steward or info@nwpc.org.uk of any issues as soon as possible.
  • ·         This is the first offer of the scheme to staff, and UNISON expects that the scheme will be re-advertised in due course prior to its closure next year. This is subject to the funding for the scheme not being used up all at once. We believe that £61 million has been set aside for the scheme; we don’t know how much of this will be used up in the first tranche.
  • ·         The staff to whom the scheme is offered is a decision for each CRC and for NPS. Senior staff and corporate services staff were identified early on as a group which was more likely to be vulnerable to redundancy as a result of the staffing split, so they have been invited to express an interest in this first offer.
  • ·         UNISON has been clear in our advice from the outset that the scheme would not give every employee the right to elect to leave the service. Having said this, UNISON expects that a wider staff group would be offered the scheme in later offerings. This is a matter on which we can make representations to the employers nationally.

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