Boris Johnson has authorised a “compensation” payment of almost £250,000 to the outgoing cabinet secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, after he agreed to step down in September.
The UK’s top civil servant confirmed he was leaving Whitehall last month as Boris Johnson announced plans to split his role as cabinet secretary and national security adviser into two posts.
His exit follows reports of tensions between him and senior members of Mr Johnson’s team in Downing Street.
On Wednesday, the PM signed off the £248,189 pension contribution.
The amount was recommended by Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm, with advice from Civil Service Human Resources and legal advisers, before being agreed by Mr Johnson.
In a note from No 10, the PM said the payment was “likely to be in the form of a pension contribution” for Sir Mark.
Earlier on Wednesday, Sir Mark told the National Security Strategy Committee he had not “resigned” but left his post “by agreement” with the PM.
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