UK government shows not-so-paperless office costs a fortune

The UK minister for Work and Pensions has revealed what his department spends on computer consumables and cut sheet paper.

And it’s not a trivial amount.

Chris Grayling said that the department, which includes the child maintenance enforcement commission spent the following on stationery including computer consumables and cut sheet paper.

  • May 2008 to March 2009 £14,139,461
  • April 2009 to March 2010 £16,505,496
  • April 2010 to June 2010 £3,080,678

Grayling said that before May 2008, it spent through a variety of commercial contracts and “details can be obtained only at disproportionate cost”.

It doesn’t end there, however, because Grayling also outlines stationery spend for non departmental public bodies and “arms length bodies” associated with the Department of Work and Pensions from 2009 to 2010. Here are some examples.

  • HSE  £292,820
  • Remploy £715,765
  • The Pensions Regulator £152,382

Good to know the paperless office is still just a penpusher’s worst nightmare.

* EyeSee In addition to being an alchemist and a mathematician, the very weird Isaac Newton (pictured) was also a top civil servant and Warden of the Mint. A forger was hung, drawn and quartered on his orders and didn’t even get to go on a tumbril or have the usual last tot, but was dragged through the streets of London to his doom. Perhaps that apocryphal apple falling on Newton’s noddle was what turned him so Doolally Taps.