Do you have to accept MSS if you request an estimate?

QUESTION:

Once you have requested an MSS estimate, does that necessarily mean you have to accept MSS and leave?

ANSWER:

Staff can apply for MSS figures on a no obligation basis. If an individual submits a form for MSS then this can be retracted up until the point that the MSS Panel considers this. At the point in time of consideration the request is deemed as binding on the individual if the MSS panel accepts the case and the stated leaving date. If the case is approved but the date is not suitable, an alternative date is offered to the individual, who has the right to turn this down and remain in employment.