Over £9m spent on remote working devices by DHSC

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), the UK public body responsible for national health and social care policies, spent £9.4 million to facilitate hybrid working during the pandemic, official figures suggest.

The data, retrieved using a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) by the Parliament Street think tank, revealed that 14,605 laptops, iPads and iPhones were purchased from April 2019 to March 2022.

Laptops accounted for 88% of the total outlay on devices, with a £8.3 million spent on 10,966 devices.

April 2020 to March 2021 saw the greatest investment from the DHSC, with 9,596 purchased, totalling around £6.2 million

The news comes following calls from the minister of state for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency, Jacob Rees-Mogg, to return to the office.

Date published: April 28, 2022

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