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HMRC Benefits- Olympic Tickets

HMRC Benefits- Olympic Tickets

My FOI request resulted in the following response:
Central Policy

Information Strategy Team
Room 1C/26
100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2BQ

by email:

Fax 020 7147 0666

Email

Date 29 June 2011 www.hmrc.gov.uk
Our Ref 1754/11

________ Your Ref

Dear Mr

Freedom of Information Request

I refer to your request of 6 April 2011 which I am answering under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

You requested the following information:

1. The total number of tickets your organisation applied for
2. The total amount paid for tickets (or amount outstanding if not yet paid)
3. Please break this information down by event
The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) coordinated a ballot for tickets on
behalf of Government Departments for those staff who have been substantially involved in
work related to the 2012 Games. Eligible staff are limited to two, non-transferable, tickets for
which they will pay the full face value.

HMRC received 50 tickets from the ballot as set out below:

Information is available in large print, audio tape and Braille formats.
Type Talk service prefix number – 18001

Event
Number of
tickets Total Cost
Badminton 4 £130
Table Tennis 4 £110
Rowing 2 £100
Handball 2 £40
Athletics 4 £80
Swimming 2 £100
Football 2 £60
Handball 2 £40
Taekwondo 2 £60
Weightlifting 2 £90
Handball 2 £40
Road Cycling 2 £40
Artistic Gymnastics 6 £120
Beach Volleyball 4 £300
Rhythmic Gymnastics 2 £40
Track Cycling 2 £130
Boxing 4 £100
Basketball 2 £90
Total: 50 £1,670

HMRC will recover payment for the tickets in full from staff attending the events.

No wonder we can't get tickets

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By DBlood
29th Jun 2011 18:27

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They were actually after tickets for the Pin the Tail on the Donkey contest - but Leslie Strathie objected to being used as a target in the  olympics.

 

 

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By Locutus
29th Jun 2011 23:05

Why the HELL have HMRC been given 50 tickets!!?
.... and how were those members of staff 'substantially involved' in the Olympics!!!

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29th Jun 2011 23:38

not given

they were paid for.

The relevant question is how many tickets were applied for by "The Department for Culture Media and Sport" to  share out between various government departments and how many did they get? HMRC only got 50 which is naff all.

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By DBlood
29th Jun 2011 23:47

Random ?

The relevant question is how many tickets were applied for by "The Department for Culture Media and Sport" to share out between various government departments and how many did they get?

 

Posted by Mouse007 on Wed, 29/06/2011 - 23:38

 

 

Isn't it "convenient" that they actually got tickets - yet millions of taxpayers who actually paid for the Olypics got none.

Doesnt it give you confidence in the fairness of  "random selection".

Maybe they should allocate gold medals in the same way, that way we might actually get some.

 

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By Flash Gordon
30th Jun 2011 07:08

Agree with Mouse

50 tickets out of how many tickets available to everyone in total? That's nothing. And it's not like they've been given them. They still have to pay for them and still end up in a lottery as to whether they'll win, it's just a smaller lottery pool and, one hopes, doesn't involve sitting at a pc swearing when it crashes. Besides I'm sure not everyone that works for HMRC has sold their soul to Satan, there must be 1000s of nice, ordinary folk there that are just as deserving of the chance to attend as anyone here. I don't see its a big deal. Hell I don't see it even counts as a deal.

Surely its the whole system that should be questioned that allowed people to put £1000s on the line and effectively means that someone who either has large quantities of dosh or the stupidity to risk everything is more likely to come away with tickets, leaving the less well off or more prudent to do without? I'd rather watch it on the telly - prime view, no queueing, no cost, refreshments at hand, all I'd lack is the 'atmosphere' and if I shout at the tv my dog will jump around with me so that's that sorted!

I think HMRC's involvement was donating their IT system given the amount of times it seems to have fallen over when lots of people have used it!!

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By BKD
30th Jun 2011 08:24

"Doesnt it give you confidence in the fairness of "random selec

I've every confidence in the fairness of "random Selection". I didn't get all the tickets that I applied for, but I did get the ones that I really wanted. My brother-in-law received 70 tickets out of the 120 he applied for so, to echo the comments above, 50 tickets allocated to an organisation the size of HMRC is absolutely nothing.

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30th Jun 2011 09:37

Pricing

Interesting to see the pricing - I wonder why the beach volleyball is so expensive for a minor sport?  Bet it'll get a fair amount of TV time too, though probably in the late night slots!

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By Flash Gordon
30th Jun 2011 10:14

Pricing

Interesting to see the pricing - I wonder why the beach volleyball is so expensive for a minor sport? Bet it'll get a fair amount of TV time too, though probably in the late night slots!

 

And you've hit the nail on the head! If its the women's beach volleyball I wouldn't say no to a ticket :) Though does it still count as 'cheap' thrills? I wonder if that's what the tickets that our esteemed colleague mentioned buying earlier are for?!  

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30th Jun 2011 10:21

Staff Incentive?

What I want to know is will HMRC try to reclaim this as a Staff Incentive?

We should all remember that they work very hard though, ignoring our phone call for just long enough to fustrate us but not complain is an art form. Although when they do answer I have never had a problem with them.

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30th Jun 2011 10:39

Handball

And why are they seeing Handball 3 times?

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By Locutus
30th Jun 2011 10:41

Not today rhewitt296

"We should all remember that they work very hard though, ignoring our phone call for just long enough to fustrate us but not complain is an art form."

Not today rhewitt296 - they are all on strike!

And yes, I did apply for women's beach volleyball in the initial ballot.  Errrm, I enjoy the sport.  But didn't get any tickets.  Hope Hector the Tax Inspector has a good time.

 

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