More than 140 staff in Waltham Forest council were paid ‘off payroll’ last year a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Waltham Forest Guardian report:

More than 140 people were employed on potentially tax-avoiding “off payroll” contracts for Waltham Forest Council last year, it has emerged.

Figures obtained using the Freedom of Information act show 144 staff were on contracts outside of normal arrangements, ranging from £47 to £226,334, in 2012.

Such measures, which are legal, can mean full tax is sidestepped by employees being technically paid through a company instead.


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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.