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Britain’s top civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill will get a near-£250,000 payoff after quitting his dual roles at the top of government as part of Boris Johnson’s overhaul of Whitehall.
The prime minister confirmed that Sedwill will get a £248,189 pension contribution after stepping down as cabinet secretary and national security adviser.
Johnson issued a ministerial direction to make the payment in a minute to the permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.
Sedwill’s “two hats” position at the top of Whitehall has long been controversial among some Tory MPs since the two roles were united and handed to him by Johnson’s predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May.
But his resignation drew strong criticism from the FDA civil servants’ union, who accused Johnson of forcing him out.
The PM’s decision to promote his chief Brexit negotiator David Frost to national security adviser has also caused angst among senior figures, given his lack of experience in intelligence and security.
Last week, May blasted Johnson for replacing Sedwill with Frost, saying he has “no proven expertise in national security”.
Speaking in the Commons, the former PM made a rare intervention over the controversial appointment of Frost, saying “expert, independent advice” was vital in government.
Sedwill’s departure came amid fears a wider shake-up of the civil service by the PM, spearheaded by Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove, will erode the impartiality of the civil service.
A search has begun to replace Sedwill as cabinet secretary.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson has acknowledged that Johnson’s appointment for Frost was political, drawing comparisons with the United States.
When Sedwill announced his departure, FDA general secretary David Penman said: “No.10 - or those around it - has sought to undermine Sir Mark and the leadership of the civil...