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A senior civil servant who said she loved working from home because it allowed her to use her fancy exercise bike more often has been awarded a £20,000 bonus.
Sarah Healey, permanent secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was among the top mandarins who doled out £400,000, according to official documents.
The mother of three was already earning a salary of £170,000 before the bonus, revealed by the Sun on Sunday newspaper.
Conservative MP Philip Davies told the newspaper the payment was “completely inappropriate” when so many were struggling to survive.
But the government defended the payments, saying “it is right that staff are rewarded for their hard work when they demonstrate high-level performance.”
Last September, amid the prime minister’s efforts to boost the economy, Ms Healey told a tech conference that she only wants her staff to come into the office two days a week so she can continue using her Peloton bike.
Luxury bikes allow users to take online classes from home and can cost around £2,000.
She said: ‘I have a Peloton and I can get on my bike whenever I have a little time.
‘That has been a huge benefit to my well-being – the lack of travel time is taking a toll on my day.’
She told the London Tech Week event that meetings would still be held on Zoom, even for those who work in the office, in a bid to prevent male employees from asserting themselves over their female colleagues.
She had previously praised working from home as “a very, very good thing” in terms of spending more time with her family.
Sarah Healey Quick and Facts
- Sarah Healey was among top mandarins who shared out £400,000 in bonuses
- Last year she advocated WFH so she could continue using her Peloton bike
- Tory MP Philip Davies said the payment was ‘completely inappropriate’