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Departmental Home Working

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in her Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months. (189786)

The Department launched a revised flexible working policy in July 2007, under which all staff can apply for home working, whether or not they have a statutory right to request a flexible working pattern.

Since home working is agreed at a local level HR do not keep a central record of home working arrangements. However, work taking place on our Personnel Information Management System will allow staff to record their flexible working patterns.

In additional to formal home working arrangements, staff can request occasional home working for short periods. This would be an informal arrangement with their line manager which is not centrally recorded.