Will the deadline for MSS be pushed back?

QUESTION:

I understand that Human Resources are inundated with requests for estimates and until estimates are received staff cannot progress applications for managed severance. It’s been just over a week since I made my application for an estimate (not yet received) and I am not alone. With offices closing on the 23 December until Monday 5th January this leaves 14 working days for estimates to be received and applications made, plus the decision making process to be completed. Do Human Resources consider that this is doable and if not will the deadline be pushed back?

ANSWER:

Currently we do not have any plans to amend the closing date. However as we get closer to the closing date we will take stock of how many applications are still awaiting information or where applicants have only just received this so that we are fair to those individuals.