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Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th March 2015.

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Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff in his Department and its executive agencies and associated bodies were engaged off-payroll in each of the last five years up to the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

New tighter rules governing ‘off-payroll’ appointments in central government were established in May 2012 when the Chief Secretary to the Treasury published the Review of the Tax Arrangements of Public Sector Appointees.

The recommendations of the Review mean that the most senior staff must go on the payroll, and departments are now able to seek assurance in relation to the tax arrangements of their long-term, high paid contractors.

The Treasury has carried out two evaluations of compliance with the rules which were published on 11 March 2014 and 5 March 2015. The most recent review revealed that the large majority of central government departments are operating the rules effectively.

Off-payroll engagements for more than £220 per day and that last for longer than six months:

Department /ALB

2013-14

2012-13

DCMS

28

24

Ofcom

25

1

Olympic Delivery Authority

13

38

British Library

7

9

Equality & Human Rights Commission

7

15

Visit Britain

6

0

British Museum

5

0

British Film Institute

3

0

Tate

2

0

UK Sport

2

0

V&A

1

0

Arts Council England

0

2

National Gallery

0

3

Natural History Museum

0

5

Sport England

0

1

Data Source: DCMS Annual Reports 2012-13 and 2013-14

The following Arm’s Length bodies have not used off-payroll engagements for more than £220 per day and that last for longer than six months:

· Churches Conservation Trust

· English Heritage

· Gambling Commission

· Geffrye Museum

· Horniman

· Horse race Betting Levy Board

· Imperial War Museum

· National Heritage Memorial Fund /Heritage Lottery Fund

· National Museums Liverpool

· National Portrait Gallery

· Royal Armouries

· Royal Museums Greenwich

· Science Museum Group

· Sir John Soane’s Museum

· Sports Ground Safety Authority

· The Royal Parks

· Wallace

For appointments prior to this and below this threshold, the cost to provide the numbers would be disproportionate.

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