Safe to Be Me Conference: Costs

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 23rd May 2022.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Party Chair, Labour Party, Chair of Labour Policy Review, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 155906, if she will provide a breakdown of the estimated costs incurred by her Department in preparation for the Safe to Be Me: A Global Equality Conference as of 18 May 2022.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Equalities)

We announced our decision to cancel Safe To Be Me: A Global Equality Conference on 6 April 2022. As stated in the answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 155906, expenditure to that point, and due to the cancellation, is estimated to be between £0.41 million and £0.61 million. We are still working with suppliers to reconcile costs for work that had not been undertaken at the time of cancellation. Therefore as of 18 May 2022, we estimate the costs to be as set out in the table below.

Category of spend

Cost (including VAT)




The Government is liable to pay a cancellation charge as stated in the contract.



Already incurred production costs.

We are currently exploring whether VAT can be recovered on any of these costs. The final position will be reflected in departmental accounts in the usual way.

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