Government official who wrote Covid laws fined for ‘alcoholic’ going away party

Kate Josephs, the government official tasked with drafting the Covid laws, has been fined for her ‘alcoholic’ going away party, The Telegraph can reveal.

The former chief executive of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Taskforce received a £50 fixed fine notice when the Met Police imposed the first batch of fines late last month.

Ms Josephs, now Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, issued a public apology earlier this year after The Telegraph revealed dozens of people attended her going away party at the Cabinet Office on December 17, 2020.

As the official in charge of the Covid task force, Ms Josephs had been tasked with drafting detailed rules governing people’s lives during the pandemic.

But at a time when the country was on lockdown and people were banned from socializing indoors, colleagues threw a going away party for her at which alcohol was served.

She was given a fixed penalty notice on April 1 and it is understood it has now been paid, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Ms Josephs has been on discretionary leave from her role on Sheffield City Council since news of the event emerged.

In a statement released in January, Ms Josephs expressed regret over the incident, saying: On the evening of December 17, I met with colleagues who were at work that day, with drinks, in our office of the Cabinet Office to mark my departure from the Civil Service.

“I’m so sorry for doing this and for the anger people will feel as a result.”

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