Whitehall spends millions on IT services in civil servants' homes

Whitehall spends millions of pounds of taxpayersmoney on chairs, laptops and IT services in civil servants’ 房屋

  • Whitehall is still spending millions on home workerslaptops and IT services
  • Some contacts are due to run on until the end of 2025, a MoS analysis found
  • HM Land Registry has a £2.47m supply contract which runs until February 2023
  • Whitehall chiefs are continuing to spend millions of pounds of taxpayersmoney on chairs, laptops and IT services for home workers, with some contracts running until the end of 2025.

    A Mail on Sunday analysis across central and local government found around 20 contracts related to home working worth £4.9 million which extend well beyond the end of this year, even though the official guidance on home working has already been scrapped.

    HM Land Registry has a £2.74 million contract which runs until February 2023 for the supply of home office furniture for its 6,000 员工, which works out at around £450 per person.

    Whitehall chiefs are continuing to spend millions of pounds of taxpayers' money on chairs, laptops and IT services for home workers (file photo used)

    Whitehall chiefs are continuing to spend millions of pounds of taxpayersmoney on chairs, laptops and IT services for home workers (file photo used)

    The ongoing contracts contributed to an estimated £33.3 million government spend on home working between March 2020 and September last year.

    The top-spending agencies were the HMRC with £7.9 million, followed by NHS England with £5.9 million, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by The Spectator magazine.

    Other offices spent lavishly compared to the size of their workforce. The Department of Agriculture, 环境, and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland spent a total of £2.8 million on home working for their 3,040 staff – the equivalent of £928 each.

    昨晚, a spokesman for HM Land Registry said: ‘This contract has been awarded to ensure we can provide furniture needs for office working, but also home working and hybrid working, to meet the needs of today and the future and is comparable in value to similar furniture contracts in previous years.

    A Mail on Sunday analysis across central and local government found around 20 contracts related to home working worth £4.9 million which extend well beyond the end of this year (file photo used)

    A Mail on Sunday analysis across central and local government found around 20 contracts related to home working worth £4.9 million which extend well beyond the end of this year (file photo used)

    Further figures from the TaxPayersAlliance show that more than £800 million has been spent on civil service offices in London since the pandemic began.

    Danielle Boxall, media campaign manager at the pressure group, 说过: ‘Taxpayers won’t take kindly to footing the bill for empty offices.

    ‘Paying for the prime location of Whitehall pen-pushers costs a small fortune, with operating costs alone running into the hundreds of millions of pounds.