Today I received information on the amount of money I would receive if I left the government department I currently work for. Unlike the lazy pres stories it was not six years' pay (I wish!); it wasn't the three years quoted by other hacks but it was sufficient to make leaving worth considering. There were other considerations but these I will mention next month.
As of 22 October I will no longer be a civil servant.
That said I will need to find some sort of work next year.