Staff working from home

tim todd made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

I make this enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Informnation Regulations

1. Would you kindly advise me how many EDDC staff currently work from home and to what degree any such home based work amounts to (in terms of percentage of employees working from home , and percentage (range) of their working hours).

2.Do EDDC have plans to increase the number of staff working from home?

3. If yes then please advise how the council determines which posts are appropriate for such arrangements, and advise which posts are concerned.

4. Have the council consulted with staff over home working opportunities, if so with what result?

5. What additional costs might be associated with home working ? (e.g. provision of IT)

6. Has any risk assesment been carried out with regard to the security aspects of having confidential information off site? If so details please.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Tim Todd

East Devon District Council

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Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

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Mr Todd

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the requested detail below and attached. I hope this is helpful.

1. Would you kindly advise me how many EDDC staff currently work from home and to what degree any such home based work amounts to (in terms of percentage of employees working from home , and percentage (range) of their working hours).
We have one officer who works from home on a permanent basis.
Other officers who are mobile may use home or the office as a touchdown/administrative base.
Other officers will work from home on an ad hoc occasional basis and the ongoing percentage is not recorded centrally.

2.Does EDDC have plans to increase the number of staff working from home?
Anyone can request to work from home by law and these requests are considered in our Flexible Working Policy (attached).
In future staff working from home will only be able to do so if they are using a council provided device so this may restrict those who want to work from home on a very ad hoc basis.

3. If yes then please advise how the council determines which posts are appropriate for such arrangements, and advise which posts are concerned.
The council determines whether a post and person are suitable for working from home using our Flexible Working Policy and Homeworking Policy (attached).

4. Has the council consulted with staff over home working opportunities, if so with what result?
Managers all have a good understanding of which posts lend themselves to working in mobile or flexible ways.

5. What additional costs might be associated with home working ? (e.g. provision of IT)
These would be in the form of council provided laptops or PCs, setting up broadband and some ongoing contribution to electricity through an allowance.

6. Has any risk assesment been carried out with regard to the security aspects of having confidential information off site? If so details please
Officers are all required to adhere to the Information Security Policy. Council provided devices make sure that the council is complying with the requirements under the Public Services Network.

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Mrs Kate Symington
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 517417
www.eastdevon.gov.uk

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