November 23rd During the epidemic, ordinary British people can only squeeze at the table or hide in the bedroom to work, while British civil servants use taxpayers’ money to buy high-end office equipment. According to a joint survey conducted by the Daily Mail and the Taxpayers Union on the 22nd, British government departments have spent more than £10 million on telecommuting, and some department employees have also received an office allowance of £200, and even ordered designer seats of £449.
According to British media survey, the British Revenue and Customs Service (HMRC) alone spent nearly 4 million pounds on employees’ telecommuting, of which 500,000 pounds was used to transport office furniture to employees’ homes. The staff of the department also received an office chair allowance of £80 and a desk allowance of £120 each.
The British Cabinet Office also spent £1,500 on employee relocations and bought custom designer seats for £449 per person. Since March 10, the department has spent £400,000 on laptops and £180,000 on mobile phones. The Financial Market Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom spent more than 300,000 pounds on the relocation of employees.
The British Department of Education, Student Loan Corporation, the Royal Prosecution Service and the Care Quality Commission all spent more than 100,000 pounds on this.
John O’Connell, CEO of Taxpayers Union, expressed his displeasure. At a time when many businesses are struggling and taxpayers are facing bankruptcy, government employees spend money to renovate their offices. Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted on providing civil servants with a comfortable home-from-home environment.