Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many awaydays his Department has held for officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date; and what the cost was of each such event.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Under the last Labour Government, DCLG spent £196,585 on “away days” in 2008-09 and £137,678 in 2009-10. We have cut costs to just £272 in 2013 and to zero in 2014. This has resulted in notable savings to taxpayers. A table with details is attached.

These significant reductions in spending are a consequence of revised guidance to staff that team away days should take place at no or limited cost; this has included encouraging the use of rooms in the Department or a neighbouring Whitehall Department.

This is a significant departure from the expensive practices that took place under the last Administration, which included booking away days in luxury hotels, restaurants and a burlesque club.

Table of Awaydays (Word Document, 28.03 KB)

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