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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a non-permanent employee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12.
In line with Cabinet Office guidelines, the DWP have taken action over recent years to reduce the number of GPC holders. There has been a number of changes on the number of staff holding a GPC due to staff joining/leaving the Department and those whose roles have changed. An initial check has identified 3,830 GPC holders over the last three years.
Information on GPC holders is held on the SDOL (Secure Data On-Line) database provided by the GPC supplier. This database does not hold any personal information on staff such as working pattern or status. Therefore this information would need to be cross-checked against staff records in order to provide the requested information. HR has confirmed that as the information requested is not collated centrally it could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
All the 615 GPC holders are DWP staff who are paid via payroll. In 2009 there were a small number of GPC holders who were contractors. These would have been staff who were employed on the Office Services contract who had moved to the contractor under TUPE arrangements when work was outsourced. During 2009-10 the DWP revised its policy on GPC holders and all GPCs were removed from non-DWP staff. Therefore during 2010-11 and 2011-12 there have been no non-DWP GPC holders.