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To think work should have told me about a voluntary exit scheme?

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civilfawlty Tue 03-May-16 18:32:26

I'm on a year long career break. I have diligently kept in touch. At no point has anyone mentioned a voluntary exit scheme. It has now closed. I could have applied and, if successful, have received a month's pay for every year I worked there. But now I can't even chuck my hat in the ring. And HR say it's my fault - although they can't explain why.

Aibu to think they have a responsibility to share such important information? And do I have any routes to seek redress? SO cheesed off.

wowbutter Tue 03-May-16 18:45:13

You are on a career break, if you want to leave, then leave.
I would assume on a career break that you want to go back? Do you not?

mamapants Tue 03-May-16 19:08:44

Your manager should have passed the info on to you. I doubt they will do anything about it but you could request they accept a late application as you didn't know about it. They might consider.

southwest1 Tue 03-May-16 19:58:54

Your manager should have sent you the details. That's part of the guidance that was issued where I worked, I've just taken VES from my Dept. I think you have a case for getting them to accept a late application.

19lottie82 Tue 03-May-16 20:09:35

wowbutter don't be so patronising. You obviously understand the difference between the OP just leaving, and being offered a VERY generous redundancy package to leave hmm

Skittlesss Tue 03-May-16 20:12:28

I should imagine that they should have told you. I'd be pissed off that my colleagues/pals hadn't said anything as well!

Queenbean Tue 03-May-16 20:12:55

YANBU, they are at fault here

silverduck Tue 03-May-16 20:17:05

How does your career break scheme work? If you have to resign then I think it's tough. If you are still under contract then I think they should have told you and should consider you.

MarthaCliffYouCunt Tue 03-May-16 20:17:18

I'm assuming you have no access to your work emails whilst off? If not then off course they should have let you know.

8dayweek Tue 03-May-16 20:25:38

If you're a Civil Servant then yes, your Line Manager should have let you know about the VES, however I think you have to have a return agreed / come back from your Career Break before you'd be eligible for VES?

(I'm a CS and we had the VES option last year - a woman on my team who is on a Career Break following Mat. Leave wanted to apply but couldn't / didn't because she would have had to agree an earlier return to work but without the guarantee her VES application would be successful IYSWIM).

8dayweek Tue 03-May-16 20:27:06

Sorry, you should have been made aware of the VES regardless of your occupation but I was guessing you're a CS...! It's been a long day...

Johnny5isAlive Tue 03-May-16 20:35:21

YANBU. Your line manager is at fault

civilfawlty Tue 03-May-16 21:06:39

Thanks all. Yes, CS. I know others who were on breaks were made aware. So, the tricky thing is my keeping in touch manager is a really lovely guy, almost a friend really. I don't want to get him in trouble. But... it's £10k I should have been able to apply for. No guarantees I'd get it, of course. Ugh
What's really annoying, is I have been emailing HR monthly since February (when I found out about it) to ask.

Rainatnight Tue 03-May-16 21:57:16

The scheme may not be completely closed. I'm CS and we're getting a late applicant (in v unusual circumstances) through. Ask if they can do a one off business case to Cabinet Office. Shouldn't be impossible.

blueteapot Tue 03-May-16 22:07:53

You should have been made aware but might find you wouldnt have been considered for it - my DM was on a career break, and applied for a VES but they said they wouldnt consider her as she wasnt costing them anything whilst on a career break, she would have to have gone back to work to be considered

southwest1 Wed 04-May-16 16:16:29

This just popped into my head again. I think you should push to be allowed a late application, given the compensation scheme is being changed later this year and you'll only get three weeks for every year.

It probably does depend where you work and what the uptake was. We had 200 places which was then upped to 280 as they had over 300 applications. Quite a few people who planned to retire in the next few months applied and got it, it was very profitable for them.

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