Matt Hancock used private email account for government business

- THE TIMES - JUNE 27, 2021 - Gabriel Pogrund - Contribuição Ernesto Matera -

Cabinet Office guidance states that ministers should use official email in order to ensure that there is evidence of important decisions DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGES

Matt Hancock faces an investigation after using a personal email account instead of an official address during the pandemic in a breach of government guidelines.

Since March last year the former health secretary has routinely used a private account to conduct government business, concealing information from his own officials and potentially the public, according to documents obtained by The Sunday Times.

It means that the government does not hold records of much of Hancock’s decision-making, including negotiating multimillion-pound PPE contracts, setting up the £37 billion test and trace programme and overseeing the government’s care homes strategy.

The disclosure of Hancock’s secret account appears in minutes of a meeting between senior officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in December. Cabinet Office guidance...


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