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Jonathan Ashworth

Labour (Co-op) - Leicester South

22,675 (45.2%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 5th May 2011

Shadow Paymaster General

(since September 2023)

Jonathan Ashworth is not a member of any APPGs
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
29th Nov 2021 - 4th Sep 2023
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
9th Jan 2018 - 29th Nov 2021
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
7th Oct 2016 - 9th Jan 2018
Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
14th Sep 2015 - 7th Oct 2016
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2013 - 14th Sep 2015
Opposition Whip (Commons)
7th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Jonathan Ashworth has voted in 723 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(104 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(20 debate interactions)
Edward Argar (Conservative)
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
(16 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(256 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(85 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(16 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(12 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Coronavirus Act 2020
(5,660 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(4,711 words contributed)
NHS Funding Act 2020
(4,641 words contributed)
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Leicester South Petitions

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If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Latest EDMs signed by Jonathan Ashworth

20th July 2022
Jonathan Ashworth signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 20th July 2022

Social Security

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Regulations 2022 (S.I., 2022, No. 752), dated 4 July 2022, a copy of which was laid before this House on 4 July 2022, be annulled.
15 signatures
(Most recent: 13 Oct 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Scottish National Party: 3
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
21st March 2022
Jonathan Ashworth signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 21st March 2022

Social Security

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance (Work Search and Work Availability Requirements - limitations) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (S.I., 2022, No. 108), dated 7 February 2022, a copy of which was laid before this House on 7 February 2022, be …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Apr 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Plaid Cymru: 3
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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11 Urgent Questions tabled by Jonathan Ashworth

Thursday 13th January 2022
Thursday 21st October 2021
Tuesday 25th May 2021
Tuesday 8th December 2020
Tuesday 15th September 2020
Tuesday 7th July 2020
Tuesday 5th May 2020
Monday 9th March 2020

1 Adjournment Debate led by Jonathan Ashworth

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Jonathan Ashworth has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Jonathan Ashworth has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
19th Jan 2023
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of amending the Equalities Act 2010 to make menopause a protected characteristic.

The Government welcomes the recent inquiry into the menopause by the Woman and Equalities Select Committee. As we have made clear, women experiencing the menopause already benefit from protection in the Equality Act 2010. The protected characteristics of sex, age and disability are all potentially relevant in offering this protection in the field of employment.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Attorney General, how much the Attorney General's Office spent on external recruitment consultants in each of the financial years (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, and (c) 2022-23.

The Attorney General’s Office spent £12,245 in financial year 2020-21, £0 in financial year 2021-22, and £1,470 in financial year 2022-23 on external recruitment consultants.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
12th Apr 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, updated on 29 November 2023, whether he will publish the Government Digital and Data Pay Framework.

The Digital and Data Pay Framework is being revalorised to meet market trends for Digital and Data roles, ensuring the Government can attract the right talent for critical roles. It is an internal framework for government use that is not intended to be published externally to protect market sensitivities. 35 organisations have adopted the framework. This is shared directly with their Pay and Reward teams.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Apr 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, updated on 29 November 2023, what progress his Department has made on the development of a common mobile app strategy, framework and technical standards.

The Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) has convened discussions with Chief Digital and Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers from across government to identify key principles and guardrails for the mobile app strategy. The strategy will be finalised next year, as set out in the 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data.

Alongside this, the Government Digital Service (GDS) is developing a GOV.UK App that builds upon the success of the existing GOV.UK One Login identity checking app, which has been downloaded over 5.7 million times.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Apr 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the rate of cloud adoption for each Government Department as of 27 March 2024.

The Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) in the Cabinet Office continues to work with departments to promote the best practice adoption of public cloud services, in accordance with Government Cloud First policy that has been extant since 2013. This was refreshed by CDDO in 2023.

The requested information relating to specific departmental adoption rates of public cloud is not currently centrally held.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th Apr 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of civil service roles in the Commercial and Procurement Profession are vacant as of 28 March 2024.

The Government Commercial Organisation, is the employer of senior commercial professionals (at Grade 7 and above) within the Government Commercial Function. There are currently 101 vacancies within the Government Commercial Organisation against a budgeted headcount of 1649. This vacancy rate of 6.1% is similar to the 2023 Civil Service vacancy rate of 6.2%.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on the GOV.UK One Login customer support centre in the 2023-24 financial year, as of 26 March 2024.

GOV.UK One Login’s customer support centre went live on 31 October 2023. The Government Digital Service has, as of 26 March 2024, spent £926,443 to set up and operate this contact centre.

The public expects quick, secure and user-friendly access to government services. Previously, UK citizens and residents needed to grapple with multiple sign-in methods and identity verification routes when using government services online.

GOV.UK One Login is replacing these duplicative systems across government with a single account and identity checking system. This will make it easier for users to access the services they need, reduce costs to government, and provide stronger protections against fraud.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government has spent on in-person identity checks for GOV.UK One Login identity verification as of 26 March 2024.

GOV.UK One Login’s face-to-face identity verification route went live on 25 July 2023. The Government Digital Service has, as of 26 March 2024, spent £778,064 on the contract with the Post Office to set up and undertake in-person identity checks.

The public expects quick, secure and user-friendly access to government services. Previously, UK citizens and residents needed to grapple with multiple sign-in methods and identity verification routes when using government services online.

GOV.UK One Login is replacing these duplicative systems across government with a single account and identity checking system. This will make it easier for users to access the services they need, reduce costs to government, and provide stronger protections against fraud.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
26th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people verified their identity for GOV.UK One Login by (a) using the GOV.UK ID Check app, (b) answering security questions online and (c) visiting a Post Office in each month between August 2023 and March 2024.

Between 1 August 2023 and 26 March 2024, the number of users who successfully verified their identity through GOV.UK One Login is as follows:

Aug ‘23

Sep ‘23

Oct ‘23

Nov ‘23

Dec ‘23

Jan ‘24

Feb ‘24

Mar ‘24

Total

GOV.UK ID Check App

205,864

204,652

217,962

214,731

183,075

342,315

258,010

217,006

1,843,615

Web browser route, with security questions

7,009

5,938

6,687

9,297

5,944

12,116

4,174

2,636

53,801

In-person at the Post Office

124

511

544

1,008

775

1,700

2,274

1,620

8,556

The public expects quick, secure and user-friendly access to government services. Previously, UK citizens and residents needed to grapple with multiple sign-in methods and identity verification routes when using government services online.

GOV.UK One Login is replacing these duplicative systems across government with a single account and identity checking system. This will make it easier for users to access the services they need, reduce costs to government, and provide stronger protections against fraud.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
25th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which legacy IT systems across Government were identified as red-rated by the Central Digital and Data Office.

It would be inappropriate to release sensitive information held about specific red-rated systems within departmental IT estates, or information that could allow the assumption of which systems are at risk, as it could highlight potential security weaknesses.

The Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), in the Cabinet Office, has established a programme to support departments in treating legacy. CDDO has agreed a framework to identify ‘red-rated’ systems, indicating high levels of risk surrounding assets. Departments have committed to have remediation plans in place for these systems by next year.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent civil service roles other than Senior Civil Service were located outside London in each quarter from Q2 2020 to Q3 2023.

Information on the number of roles, including those vacant, is not available centrally. Only the number of employees ‘in post’ is available.

The number and proportion of full-time equivalent civil servants employed and located in London and outside London between Q1 (March) 2020 and Q3 (September) 2023 is available in Table 1 below, and the number excluding ‘SCS level’ employees can be found in Table 2 below. This data refers to the number of employees ‘in post’ at each reference date. Information for Q2 (June) 2020 is not centrally available. Data has, therefore, been provided for Q1 (March) and Q3 (September) 2020.

Table 1: Number of Civil Servants in London and Outside London, Q1 (Mar) 2020 to Q3 (Sep) 2023

Period

London (FTE)

Outside London (FTE)

Location not reported/ Known (FTE)

Total (FTE)

% FTE Outside London (where location known)

Q1 (Mar) 2020

87,815

332,525

3,430

423,775

79.1%

Q3 (Sep) 2020

89,680

335,665

5,445

430,785

78.9%

Q4 (Dec) 2020

95,460

342,480

3,465

441,405

78.2%

Q1 (Mar) 2021

98,000

351,185

3,645

452,830

78.2%

Q2 (Jun) 2021

99,550

355,210

10,260

465,015

78.1%

Q3 (Sep) 2021

100,015

362,635

9,880

472,530

78.4%

Q4 (Dec) 2021

101,840

369,550

4,085

475,475

78.4%

Q1 (Mar) 2022

100,955

373,895

3,235

478,085

78.7%

Q2 (Jun) 2022

100,130

375,215

3,235

478,580

78.9%

Q3 (Sep) 2022

99,800

378,160

2,950

480,915

79.1%

Q4 (Dec) 2022

100,230

380,550

2,825

483,610

79.2%

Q1 (Mar) 2023

99,790

385,220

2,660

487,665

79.4%

Q2 (Jun) 2023

99,405

387,500

2,505

489,410

79.6%

Q3 (Sep) 2023

100.570

392,955

2,585

496,110

79.6%

Sources and notes:

  1. March 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey, Cabinet Office

  2. September/December/June 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Quarterly Location Survey, Cabinet Office

  3. Figures include where grade is unknown/unreported

  4. Outside London includes civil servants located overseas.

  5. The increase in unreported location at Q2 and Q3 2021 is mainly attributable to around 7,000 Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) staff being transferred into MOJ (HMPPS) in late June 2021, with the majority being reported with an unknown location at Q2 and Q3 2021.

Table 2: Number of Civil Servants (excluding SCS level) in London and Outside London, Q1 (Mar) 2020 to Q3 (Sep) 2023

Period

London (FTE)

Outside London (FTE)

Location not reported/ Known (FTE)

Total (FTE)

% FTE Outside London (where location known)

Q1 (Mar) 2020

83,810

330,320

3,415

417,545

79.8%

Q3 (Sep) 2020

85,585

333,510

5,165

424,255

79.6%

Q4 (Dec) 2020

91,065

340,075

3,450

434,590

78.9%

Q1 (Mar) 2021

93,475

348,680

3,620

445,775

78.9%

Q2 (Jun) 2021

95,185

352,810

10,240

458,235

78.8%

Q3 (Sep) 2021

95,630

360,130

9,850

465,610

79.0%

Q4 (Dec) 2021

97,445

366.765

4,045

468,250

79.0%

Q1 (Mar) 2022

96,625

371,250

3,215

471,090

79.3%

Q2 (Jun) 2022

95,840

372,525

3,210

471,580

79.5%

Q3 (Sep) 2022

95,355

375,315

2,925

473,600

79.7%

Q4 (Dec) 2022

96,000

377,780

2,810

476,590

79.7%

Q1 (Mar) 2023

95,530

382,355

2,645

480,525

80.0%

Q2 (Jun) 2023

95,200

384,615

2,490

482,305

80.2%

Q3 (Sep) 2023

96,335

390,070

2,570

488,980

80.2%

Sources and notes:

  1. March 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey, Cabinet Office

  2. September/December/June 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Quarterly Location Survey, Cabinet Office

  3. Figures include where grade is unknown/unreported.

  4. Outside London includes civil servants located overseas.

  5. The increase in unreported location at Q2 and Q3 2021 is mainly attributable to around 7,000 Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) staff being transferred into MOJ (HMPPS) in late June 2021 and with the majority of them not being reported with a known location at Q2 and Q3 2021.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of full-time equivalent civil service roles were located outside London in each quarter from Q2 2020 to Q3 2023.

Information on the number of roles, including those vacant, is not available centrally. Only the number of employees ‘in post’ is available.

The number and proportion of full-time equivalent civil servants employed and located in London and outside London between Q1 (March) 2020 and Q3 (September) 2023 is available in Table 1 below, and the number excluding ‘SCS level’ employees can be found in Table 2 below. This data refers to the number of employees ‘in post’ at each reference date. Information for Q2 (June) 2020 is not centrally available. Data has, therefore, been provided for Q1 (March) and Q3 (September) 2020.

Table 1: Number of Civil Servants in London and Outside London, Q1 (Mar) 2020 to Q3 (Sep) 2023

Period

London (FTE)

Outside London (FTE)

Location not reported/ Known (FTE)

Total (FTE)

% FTE Outside London (where location known)

Q1 (Mar) 2020

87,815

332,525

3,430

423,775

79.1%

Q3 (Sep) 2020

89,680

335,665

5,445

430,785

78.9%

Q4 (Dec) 2020

95,460

342,480

3,465

441,405

78.2%

Q1 (Mar) 2021

98,000

351,185

3,645

452,830

78.2%

Q2 (Jun) 2021

99,550

355,210

10,260

465,015

78.1%

Q3 (Sep) 2021

100,015

362,635

9,880

472,530

78.4%

Q4 (Dec) 2021

101,840

369,550

4,085

475,475

78.4%

Q1 (Mar) 2022

100,955

373,895

3,235

478,085

78.7%

Q2 (Jun) 2022

100,130

375,215

3,235

478,580

78.9%

Q3 (Sep) 2022

99,800

378,160

2,950

480,915

79.1%

Q4 (Dec) 2022

100,230

380,550

2,825

483,610

79.2%

Q1 (Mar) 2023

99,790

385,220

2,660

487,665

79.4%

Q2 (Jun) 2023

99,405

387,500

2,505

489,410

79.6%

Q3 (Sep) 2023

100.570

392,955

2,585

496,110

79.6%

Sources and notes:

  1. March 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey, Cabinet Office

  2. September/December/June 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Quarterly Location Survey, Cabinet Office

  3. Figures include where grade is unknown/unreported

  4. Outside London includes civil servants located overseas.

  5. The increase in unreported location at Q2 and Q3 2021 is mainly attributable to around 7,000 Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) staff being transferred into MOJ (HMPPS) in late June 2021, with the majority being reported with an unknown location at Q2 and Q3 2021.

Table 2: Number of Civil Servants (excluding SCS level) in London and Outside London, Q1 (Mar) 2020 to Q3 (Sep) 2023

Period

London (FTE)

Outside London (FTE)

Location not reported/ Known (FTE)

Total (FTE)

% FTE Outside London (where location known)

Q1 (Mar) 2020

83,810

330,320

3,415

417,545

79.8%

Q3 (Sep) 2020

85,585

333,510

5,165

424,255

79.6%

Q4 (Dec) 2020

91,065

340,075

3,450

434,590

78.9%

Q1 (Mar) 2021

93,475

348,680

3,620

445,775

78.9%

Q2 (Jun) 2021

95,185

352,810

10,240

458,235

78.8%

Q3 (Sep) 2021

95,630

360,130

9,850

465,610

79.0%

Q4 (Dec) 2021

97,445

366.765

4,045

468,250

79.0%

Q1 (Mar) 2022

96,625

371,250

3,215

471,090

79.3%

Q2 (Jun) 2022

95,840

372,525

3,210

471,580

79.5%

Q3 (Sep) 2022

95,355

375,315

2,925

473,600

79.7%

Q4 (Dec) 2022

96,000

377,780

2,810

476,590

79.7%

Q1 (Mar) 2023

95,530

382,355

2,645

480,525

80.0%

Q2 (Jun) 2023

95,200

384,615

2,490

482,305

80.2%

Q3 (Sep) 2023

96,335

390,070

2,570

488,980

80.2%

Sources and notes:

  1. March 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey, Cabinet Office

  2. September/December/June 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023: Quarterly Location Survey, Cabinet Office

  3. Figures include where grade is unknown/unreported.

  4. Outside London includes civil servants located overseas.

  5. The increase in unreported location at Q2 and Q3 2021 is mainly attributable to around 7,000 Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) staff being transferred into MOJ (HMPPS) in late June 2021 and with the majority of them not being reported with a known location at Q2 and Q3 2021.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his latest estimate is of the amount of investment that will be generated by the GREAT Study UK campaign.

The GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign is the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, which works closely with UK businesses, not-for-profit organisations and high-profile figures to promote the best of the UK abroad. Since 2021/22, the GREAT campaign has had an annual overall budget of circa £60m (2021/22: £60m; 2022/23: £57.12m; and 2023/24: £57.12m). The results of individual GREAT campaigns vary but, on average, externally verified analysis shows £1 of GREAT spend on marketing generates £15 for the UK by encouraging people to visit, study, trade, invest, live and work in the UK.

Encouraging prospective international students to choose to study in UK higher education institutions brings strong return on investment. For example, the GREAT Study UK campaign generated £407m in 2021/22 and £548m in 2022/23 (specifically from international students studying for up to three years in the UK). The 2023/24 results are currently being verified and are expected by June 2024.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of UK investment generated by the GREAT campaign since its re-launch in 2021.

The GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign is the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, which works closely with UK businesses, not-for-profit organisations and high-profile figures to promote the best of the UK abroad. Since 2021/22, the GREAT campaign has had an annual overall budget of circa £60m (2021/22: £60m; 2022/23: £57.12m; and 2023/24: £57.12m). The results of individual GREAT campaigns vary but, on average, externally verified analysis shows £1 of GREAT spend on marketing generates £15 for the UK by encouraging people to visit, study, trade, invest, live and work in the UK.

Encouraging prospective international students to choose to study in UK higher education institutions brings strong return on investment. For example, the GREAT Study UK campaign generated £407m in 2021/22 and £548m in 2022/23 (specifically from international students studying for up to three years in the UK). The 2023/24 results are currently being verified and are expected by June 2024.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse has been of the GREAT campaign since its re-launch in 2021.

The GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign is the UK’s international brand marketing campaign, which works closely with UK businesses, not-for-profit organisations and high-profile figures to promote the best of the UK abroad. Since 2021/22, the GREAT campaign has had an annual overall budget of circa £60m (2021/22: £60m; 2022/23: £57.12m; and 2023/24: £57.12m). The results of individual GREAT campaigns vary but, on average, externally verified analysis shows £1 of GREAT spend on marketing generates £15 for the UK by encouraging people to visit, study, trade, invest, live and work in the UK.

Encouraging prospective international students to choose to study in UK higher education institutions brings strong return on investment. For example, the GREAT Study UK campaign generated £407m in 2021/22 and £548m in 2022/23 (specifically from international students studying for up to three years in the UK). The 2023/24 results are currently being verified and are expected by June 2024.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many civil servants in ministerial departments worked in the Government Communication Service profession in each financial year from 2010/11.

The information requested is not held centrally from 2010 to date.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Government Digital and Data profession on 11 March (a) 2022, (b) 2023 and (c) 2024.

The Digital and Data profession issues a Workforce Planning data Commission twice a year in April and October. Below are the number of full-time Civil Servant professionals in filled positions for the years 2022 and 2023:

a) 2022, April commission: 16,662

b) 2023, April commission: 20,163

c) 2023, October commission: 21,366

The 2024 April commission is being issued this month (March 2024), workforce data is therefore not yet available. We are firmly on track to reach its target 6% of the overall civil service workforce by 2025.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many government services have onboarded to One Login.

The GOV.UK One Login system is fully operational, providing a simple and secure way for people to access government services online. Users can create an account, login and prove (and then reuse) their identity - through either a web-based journey, smartphone app or in-person route - to access an initial set of 30 government services. This includes important services such as ‘Request a Disclosure and Barring Service Basic Check’, ‘Apply for an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card’ and ‘Sign Your Mortgage Deed’.

We are on track to onboard additional services - including in HMRC, DWP and DVLA - over the next year, bringing the total number to at least 145.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
11th Mar 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of civil service recruitment campaigns failed to fill the post advertised in each financial year from 2019/20.

The Government Recruitment Service collaborates with departments, functions and professions to develop and deliver high quality, customer-focused recruitment that identifies and attracts the best people for roles whilst offering a wide range of services. It offers core low-cost solutions to meet routine recruitment needs and handles more complex or specialist campaigns by tailoring its approach to attract and recruit the highest quality candidates.

The following table presents civil service recruitment campaigns with successful and unsuccessful vacancy outcomes for campaigns managed by the Government Recruitment Service.

Year

Vacancy Outcome Successful

Vacancy Outcome Unsuccessful

Total number of vacancies

2020

10080

5146

15226

2021

15871

9511

25382

2022

16047

9851

25898

2023

13909

9576

23485

Total

55907

34084

89991

The Government Recruitment Service does not hold any data on why candidates are not successful. However, there could be a range of reasons for non-appointment. All candidates will have been sifted or interviewed out of the recruiting process.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
19th Feb 2024
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether any non-executive directors employed in his Department are non-domiciled as of 19 February 2024.

Non executive board members are not employees of the Cabinet Office and act in an advisory capacity. Non-executive’s personal data, including those relating to personal taxation or status, are protected by the UK General Data Protection Regulation. Collection of personal data on non-dom status is not routinely collected and is generally not required for making public appointments. If any such data was held it could only be published if doing so was in compliance with data protection law.

Data relating to public appointments are covered by the Public Appointments Privacy Statement found here https://apply-for-public-appointment.service.gov.uk/privacy.

John Glen
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost to the public purse was of developing and implementing the Data Marketplace.

Data Maturity is a recognised priority in central government departments. Departments are committed to completing a targeted Data Maturity Assessment of a strategically important part of the department within the year.

The Data Marketplace provides a front door to discover, share and deliver government data in a legal, ethical and trusted way. It passed its initial Alpha assessment in September and will be available as public Beta at the end of March 2024. We are currently working with a number of departments in private beta to develop the service. The Data Marketplace committed spend covering the period April 2022 to April 2024 is £6.7m with a further £4m forecast in the following financial year, 2024/25.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Departments have completed a Data Maturity Assessment as of 13 December 2023.

Data Maturity is a recognised priority in central government departments. Departments are committed to completing a targeted Data Maturity Assessment of a strategically important part of the department within the year.

The Data Marketplace provides a front door to discover, share and deliver government data in a legal, ethical and trusted way. It passed its initial Alpha assessment in September and will be available as public Beta at the end of March 2024. We are currently working with a number of departments in private beta to develop the service. The Data Marketplace committed spend covering the period April 2022 to April 2024 is £6.7m with a further £4m forecast in the following financial year, 2024/25.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
13th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 1894 on Electronic Government: Proof of Identity, how his Department plans to expand GOV.UK One Login customer and technical support operations.

The GOV.UK One Login programme is continuing to expand its customer and technical support, as planned. In addition to a new contact centre that provides real-time multi-channel assistance to users, GOV.UK One Login recently launched an enhanced technical service desk with round-the-clock monitoring and support for more complex technical issues. We regularly review user demand, performance levels and customer feedback to optimise operational capacity, using automation where appropriate to ensure high quality and efficient service provision. GOV.UK One Login has robust security and resilience measures in place to keep users’ data safe.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on external recruitment consultants in each of the financial years (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, and (c) 2022-23.

The information is not centrally held in the form requested. Government external expenditure will include Civil Service fast stream, public appointments, workforce planning, and on training and development.

Identifying spending specifically on using consultancies to recruit temporary or permanent staff could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.



Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Prime Minister's Office spent on external recruitment consultants in each of the financial years (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, and (c) 2022-23.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 28th February 2024, Official Report, PQ 5332.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 4 December 2023 to Question 4170 on Fraud: Coronavirus, what proportion of the recovered £88 million is designated as (a) fraud and (b) error.

The UK government is proud of its record in proactively seeking to find and prevent more fraud in the system and has invested over an extra £1bn in tackling fraud and error since Autumn 2021 across government. This includes the launch of the Public Sector Fraud Authority in August 2022 which builds on lessons learned in the management of fraud risk and loss in the pandemic.

The government’s ‘Cross-Government Fraud Landscape Annual Report 2022’ showed that at the end of March 2021 there had been £88.2m of fraud and error recovered within COVID-19 schemes (excluding HMRC-administered COVID-19 schemes and any fraud and error related to tax and welfare). Of this, £19.6m was reported by departments as fraud and £68.6m was reported as error. These figures only represent 2020-2021 data, since then, further funds have been recovered.



Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the Government spent on external recruitment consultants in each of the financial years (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, and (c) 2022-23.

This information is not centrally held. Every department is responsible for their own consultancy spend with governance, assurance and control over budgets to ensure value for money.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Public Sector Fraud Authority's most recent estimate of the amount of fraud associated with the Covid-19 pandemic which has been recovered as of 28 November 2023.

The government continues to prioritise ongoing work to provide estimates of the value of detected and prevented fraud associated with the pandemic. The 2022 Fraud Landscape Report showed that in 2020/21, across government and outside of tax and welfare, the Fraud Landscape Report has reported £88m of recovered fraud and error related to COVID-19. However since then further funds have been recovered and further efforts to recover funds is ongoing. More uptodate figures will be published in due course.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the Public Sector Fraud Authority's most recent estimate of the value of fraud associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was only right that the Government and local authorities stepped up to support the country in unprecedented times during the pandemic – saving businesses and the jobs they create.

The Government is committed to transparency in its efforts to tackle fraud against the public sector. The UK is one of the few countries to estimate fraud and error within the public sector and to openly publish this estimate. The Government also continues to prioritise ongoing work to provide estimates of the value of detected and prevented fraud associated with the pandemic. In 2021, the Government recovered a total of £88m from fraud and error relating to COVID-19 support schemes.

The 2022 Fraud Landscape Report showed that in 2020/21, across government, detected fraud amounted to £54m within COVID-19 specific schemes.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government departments have made an adoption strategy and roadmap for the GOV.UK One Login.

The One Login programme has agreed an adoption roadmap with 15 major government departments, in line with the commitment in the Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, published on 28 September 2023, what is included within the service performance framework developed by the Central Digital and Data Office.

In its 2022-2025 Roadmap for Digital and Data, the Government committed that by 2025, at least 50 of government’s top 75 identified services will move to a ‘great’ standard, against a consistent measure of service performance.

The framework, developed by the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) in the Cabinet Office, in consultation with departments, has quantitative and qualitative elements to assess the end-to-end service, and focuses on usability, efficiency, and compliance. The metrics used to measure these are:

  • Usability:

    • Digital adoption - proportion of transactions completed online

    • Digital completion - proportion that are start online are completed

    • User satisfaction - proportion of users that are satisfied

  • Efficiency:

    • Cost per transaction - the cost to provide the service including staffing, technology and operational costs

  • Compliance:

    • Accessibility - whether it meets legal accessibility requirements

These quantitative measures are consistently assessed using a benchmark of government services and industry standards to provide a robust assessment. Additional data and context can be included through qualitative assessment to ensure a complete and accurate assessment.

Further information on the framework has been published at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transforming-for-a-digital-future-governments-2022-to-25-roadmap-for-digital-and-data/transforming-for-a-digital-future-governments-2022-to-25-roadmap-for-digital-and-data#the-six-missions

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department has spent on the (a) development and (b) implementation of the GOV.UK One Login.

The GOV.UK One Login programme’s total budget for the three years from 2022/23 to 2024/25 is £305.4 million. Of this, the programme is forecasting expenditure of £132.7m on the development and roll out of the system by the end of the current financial year.

Over 1.5 million users have successfully used GOV.UK One Login to access services. The programme will help save over £700 million over the next three years, as well as people’s time and effort.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his Department's policy paper entitled Transforming for a digital future: 2022 to 2025 roadmap for digital and data, published on 28 September 2023, whether it remains his policy to expand customer and technical support operations to facilitate the scaling up of gov.uk UK One Login.

The GOV.UK One Login programme has recently expanded its customer support offering with the launch of a contact centre to provide real-time multi-channel assistance to users. Alongside this, One Login will shortly roll out an enhanced technical service desk to provide round-the-clock monitoring and technical support. Both of these initiatives will be scaled up over time as more government services and users onboard to GOV.UK One Login.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
14th Nov 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Government services that will use the GOV.UK One Login (a) before and (b) after 2025.

In line with the programme’s agreed scope, we are on track to onboard at least 145 services to GOV.UK One Login by the end of 2024/25. We are working closely with departments to identify further services for onboarding as part of the programme’s longer-term roadmap beyond March 2025.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
21st Jun 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of pensioners had a mortgage in the most recent period for which data is available.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon gentleman’s Parliamentary Question of 21 June is attached.

21st Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of people above State Pension Age who have returned to employment after having previously retired since November 2021.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon gentlemen’s Parliamentary Question of 21/03 is attached

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the economic effect on households of people being unable to work while experiencing symptoms of long covid.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. A response to the Rt Hon Member's Parliamentary Question of 10 February is attached.

10th Feb 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has undertaken research into the number of people who have become economically inactive as a result of experiencing long covid.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. A response to the Rt Hon Member's Parliamentary Question of 10 February is attached.

7th Dec 2020
To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 October 2020 from the Inequalities in Health Alliance on the need for a cross-Government strategy to reduce health inequalities as part of the Government’s covid-19 recovery plans.

My Office has no record of receiving this letter. I have asked my Office to contact the organisation to see if they can re-send the correspondence.

26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what IT system will be used to handle sanitary and phytosanitary checks on trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after the transition period.

Details of the systems for handling sanitary and phytosanitary checks on relevant goods movement between Great Britain to Northern Ireland are set out in published guidance on gov.uk.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
11th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many BAME people have died in Leicester as a result of contracting covid-19.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

4th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has awarded covid-19 related contracts to (a) Deloitte and (b) McKinsey; and what the value of each contract is.

Details of central government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the report entitled Cross-Government Fraud Landscape: Annual Report 2022, published on 21 March 2023, what the basis is of the increase in detected error in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from £13.4m in 2019/20 to £160.7m in 2020/21.

The Cross-Government Fraud Landscape: Annual Report 2022, published on 21 March 2023 does not mention Department for Business and Trade.

The Fraud Landscape Report figures were reported to the Public Sector Fraud Authority (formerly the Counter Fraud Centre of Expertise) as part of established reporting cycles.

The government defines error as losses arising from unintentional events, processing errors and official government errors - such losses are judged as without fraudulent intent.

Since 2014, Fraud Landscape Reports show an increase in both detected fraud and error across government. This is in line with the government's explicit objective to find more fraud in the system. By detecting more, we can understand fraud better - and deal with it better.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy detected error was £13.4m in 2019/20 as published in the Fraud Landscape Bulletin and increased to £160.7m in 2020/21 as published in the Fraud Landscape Report.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
5th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in each of the financial years (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, and (c) 2022-23.

The Department for Business and Trade was created on 7 February in a Machinery of Government change. During the period in question, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) were operating as two separate Departments.

DIT expenditure as below.

It is not possible to disaggregate the BEIS expenditure.

DIT spend

Year

Total Spend

20/21

£183,480.00

21/22

£161,970.70

22/23

£377,336.77

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she is taking steps with Cabinet colleagues to help promote flexible working.

The Department for Business and Trade works with a number of other Departments to promote flexible working. Several of them are members of the Department for Business and Trade / Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development co-chaired Flexible Working Taskforce, alongside business and family representative groups. In December 2022 the Government announced plans[1] to make the right to request flexible working a day one right, alongside other changes to make flexible working more accessible to all employees. The Government is pleased to support the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Private Members’ Bill[2] which will deliver several of these changes.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-flexible-working-the-default

[2] https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3198

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much funding her Department and the predecessor Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on software updates to legacy computer systems in each of the last three financial years.

The Legacy Risk Assessment will be prepared and submitted to Cabinet by the end of the current Financial year.

6th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much her Department spent on external recruitment consultants in the (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22 and (c) 2022-23 financial year.

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero did not exist as a separate department for the years in question. It is not possible to split the value of external recruitment consultants from the rest of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

External recruitment agencies and search firms are an important resource which support the Civil Service's ability to recruit - to find talented people, in the right places, with the right capabilities to deliver for the people of the United Kingdom. The Civil Service has developed a number of commercial frameworks which provide transparency, high quality services and value for money.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
19th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department and its predecessor Department have taken to reduce the costs of error in the last three financial years.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) was established on 7th February 2023. Prior to this date the portfolio for DSIT sat within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The published BEIS Annual Report & Accounts provide a summary of counter fraud activity and respective costs related to fraud. The Cross-Government Fraud Landscape Annual Report 2022 highlights the latest available data relating to fraud and error across government.

The Government is proud of its record in proactively seeking to find and prevent more fraud in the system. We have established the dedicated Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA). In its first year it delivered £311 million in audited counter fraud benefits.

Due to the Machinery of Government changes, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology have not yet produced fraud and error estimates, but this will be published in the 23/24 annual report and accounts.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
18th Apr 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, what steps her Department and its predecessor Department have taken to reduce the costs of fraud in the Department in the last three financial years.

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) was established on 7th February 2023. Prior to this date the portfolio for DSIT sat within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The published BEIS Annual Report & Accounts provide a summary of counter fraud activity and respective costs related to fraud. The Cross-Government Fraud Landscape Annual Report 2022 highlights the latest available data relating to fraud and error across government.

Presently, as for all Government Departments, DSIT counter fraud activity is governed by Government Functional Standards for Counter Fraud, covering both proactive and reactive counter fraud activity, and set out by the Government Counter Fraud Function (GCFF). Adherence to standards is monitored and reviewed by the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA).

In 2022/23 the PSFA set a target of delivering £180 million of savings to the taxpayer. In fact, the PSFA far surpassed this within the first 12 months by preventing and recovering £311 million. As it enters its second year, the PSFA has a target of achieving £185 million of savings for the taxpayer.

The Government has also announced an additional £34 million to deploy cutting edge tools and Artificial Intelligence tools to help combat fraud across the public sector, saving £100 million for the public purse. This is in addition to existing partnerships between PSFA and the tech sector.

The Government is determined to uncover fraud in the public sector and is proud of its record.

Andrew Griffith
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)