Departmental Homeworking

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, column 405W, on departmental homeworking, if he will make it his policy to collate and maintain central records of homeworking by his Department's staff.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

We have no plans to keep a central record of those staff who agree with their line manager to work occasionally from home, for example, to write a report. There is no requirement to keep a central record.

We have, however, recently moved from 'dial-in' access for homeworkers to broadband access only by authorised users with encrypted fobs. We have kept a central record of those authorised users with security fobs—which currently stands at 1,631 staff (or 60.3 per cent. of staff).

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