A tough performance-related pay scale is to be introduced for the senior civil service.
The scale, which applies to the top 3,000 civil servants, excluding cabinet secretaries, will reward the best but eliminate pay rises for poor performers.
The scale, due to start in April, is intended to attract high-quality candidates from outside the service.
Most will 'cluster' around the first level, or 'progression target rate'. Only 25% will make it to the 'higher performance ceiling' while a few will make it to the 'recruitment and performance' top rate. The latter, which reaches£180,000, will be used to recruit high-quality candidates for specific posts.
Senior civil service union, the First Division Association, said the pay scale did not go far enough to close the gap between the public and private sector.
How the pay scale breaks down
Pay Range Progression Higher performance Recruitment
band minimum target rate ceiling and performance
1 £50,000 £69,000 £78,000 £105,000
1a £58,000 £78,000 £87,000 £115,000
2 £69,000 £93,000 £111,000 £145,000
3 £85,000 £121,000 £142,000 £180,000
Teams must talk over homeless
Council departments will have to co-operate over intentionally homeless families, according to a government amendment to the Homelessness Bill being drawn up.
Intentionally homeless people are not entitled to council housing. The amendment will require housing authorities to tell social services when they are dealing with a family in this category.
The housing authority will have to co-operate with social services over help for the children.