I propose to take Questions Nos. 395 to 398, inclusive, together.
The services provided by the Property Registration Authority (PRA) support the work of legal practitioners and underpin the effective operation of the property market. On foot of the restrictions introduced by the Government on 21 October last, I understand that the PRA implemented its Business Continuity Plan Level 5 response for the continued provision of essential services, which continues to facilitate physical/social distancing and meets public health requirements.
I understand that the current number of staff employed by the Property Registration Authority (PRA) is 571, representing 528 full-time equivalents (FTE). There are currently 245 (258 FTE) staff working from home in addition to the continuation of temporary alternative arrangements for 307 (279 FTE) staff attending the work premises, though this can vary week-to-week depending on business needs. Home working is a balanced with the requirement to continue to provide the most effective and efficient services to the public.
It should be noted that the current arrangements are temporary and are in line with the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 and with the Guidance and FAQs for Public Service Employers during COVID-19.