Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Fringe Benefits

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many staff in his Department and non-departmental public bodies receive (a) home to work travel allowance, (b) a car allowance and (c) subsidised health insurance.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Universities and Science)

If staff are on a detached duty or overseas postings they can claim for certain travel expenses. Out of 2514 employees in BIS HQ, fewer than 20 employees are paid reasonable extra travel costs. These are paid for a limited period.

There are no BIS policies that allow the payments of car allowances or subsidised health insurance to employees. However BIS has a legal obligation to honour contractual arrangements when staff join through a TUPE transfer including car allowances and subsidised health cover. Due to TUPE transfers, there are fewer than 20 employees paid car allowances or subsidised health cover. These benefits would not be renewed for new employees.

As the number of payments are so low, exact numbers have not been provided to ensure that individual employees are not identifiable.

The requested information is not held by BIS in respect of non-Departmental Public Bodies.

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