Department for Work and Pensions: Trade Unions

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many civil servants in his Department are members of trades unions; how much working hours facility time is claimed by each such civil servant; and what the cost of that facility time is to his Department.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The number of members of trade unions is a matter for trade unions. The Cabinet Office publishes data relating to Civil Service facility time on a quarterly basis. The latest data is Quarter 1 - 4, 2014 and is available at

The latest data available for facility time is Quarter 1 2015. The number of working hours taken by trade union representatives was 38,423.5. The cost of this facility time was £423,088. This represents 0.07% of pay bill for this period.

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