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Department of Health and Social Care: Off-payroll Working

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Labour, Ellesmere Port and Neston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contractors working for his Department have had their employment status assessed in relation to the new IR35 rules on off-payroll working; and how many of those staff are subject to those rules.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In line with the off-payroll working rules as applicable to the public sector introduced in April 2017, the Department has carried out IR35 status determinations on contractors working for the Department where the legislation requires. New rules being implemented from April 2020 do not alter the requirements on public sector bodies to carry out assessments. It should be noted that due to COVID-19 these changes have now been pushed back to April 2021.

For 2019/20 the number of contractors working at the Department is very fluid given current work priorities but all contractors working with the Department are subject to IR35 determinations. Figures for previous financial years can be found in the Departmental Annual Report and Accounts.

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