Home Office ‘spends £44m’ on remote working devices

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Home Office has spent more than £44 million on remote working devices, a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request can reveal.

The data, analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, found that the government department has purchased over 65,000 electronic devices since March 2019, including laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

This represented a 282 per cent rise in spending on electronic devices, with the Home Office spending only £5.5 million in 2019.

In 2021, when remote working was launched, it spend more than £21 million on devices.

Between March 2019 and April 2022, laptops accounted for 66 per cent of devices, with £34,737,000 spent on 43,088 laptops.

During the two year period between 2019 and 2021, there was a 324 per cent increase in purchased laptops.

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