The Friends of The National Archives

FOI request reference: F0051989
Publication date: April 2018

Request

A listing of all benefits including benefits in kind, made available from The National Archives to The Friends of The National Archives.

Benefits in kind means all provision that has a quantifiable cost to the public purse, to include for example, but not exclusively:

1. TNA officer time spent on Friends related matters.
2. Accommodation at TNA used exclusively or predominately for the Friends that is not rented, hired or otherwise paid for in cash by the Friends for those specific purposes.
3. Cost to TNA of bookshop concessions to Friends members.

Outcome

Successful

Response

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you below.

A full list of the benefits received by becoming a Friend of The National Archives is on our website:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/get-involved/friends-of-the-national-archives/why-join/

For the purpose of this request, we have answered your individual questions based on a full year (2017).

1. TNA officer time spent on Friends-related matters

One officer spent the following recorded time on Friends-related matters:

Attending meetings with the Chairman FTNA – 10 x 1 hour
Attending FTNA Council meetings – 5 x 2 hours
Writing a TNA update for the FTNA Council meetings – 5 x 1 hour
Attending FTNA Council AGM – 1 x 2.5 hours
Total: 27.5 hours

One officer spent the following recorded time on Friends-related matters:

Attending meetings with the Chairman FTNA – 10 x 1 hour
Attending FTNA Council meetings – 7 x 2hrs
Total: 24 hours

One officer spent the following recorded time on Friends-related matters:

Attending meetings with the Vice-Chairman FTNA – 6 x 1 hour
Attending FTNA Council meetings – 1 x 2 hours
Total: 8 hours

One officer spent the following recorded time on Friends-related matters:

Attending meetings with the Vice-Chairman FTNA – 6 x 1 hour
Total: 6 hours

One officer spent the following recorded time on Friends-related matters:
Attending meetings with the Chairman FTNA – 6 x 1 hour
Total: 6 hours

Please note that were other ad hoc meetings with TNA staff as and when required, but the time spent on these was not recorded.

2. Accommodation at TNA used exclusively or predominately for the Friends that is not rented, hired or otherwise paid for in cash by the Friends for those specific purposes

Friends of The National Archives receive exclusive use of the Friends’ lounge. The Friends Council have access to one desk space.

3. Cost to TNA of bookshop concessions to Friends members

The total cost of bookshop concessions to Friends of The National Archives in 2017 was £2,723.97.