Exclusive: Government official who drafted Covid laws fined over ‘boozy’ lockdown leaving party

Kate Josephs, the government official who was in charge of writing the Covid laws, has been fined over her “boozy” leaving party, The Telegraph can disclose.

The former director general of the Cabinet Office Covid-19 Taskforce received a £50 fixed penalty notice when the Met Police handed out the first batch of fines at the end of last month.

Ms Josephs, now the chief executive of Sheffield City Council, issued a public apology earlier this year after The Telegraph revealed that dozens of people had attended her leaving party in the Cabinet Office on Dec 17, 2020.

As the civil servant in charge of the Covid taskforce, Ms Josephs had been in charge of drafting detailed rules governing people’s lives during the pandemic.

But at a time when the country was in lockdown and people were prohibited from socialising indoors, colleagues held a leaving party for her at which alcohol was served.

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

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

In a statement issued in January, Ms Josephs expressed regret over the incident, saying: On the evening of Dec 17, I gathered with colleagues that were at work that day, with drinks, in our office in the Cabinet Office to mark my leaving the Civil Service.

“I am truly sorry that I did this and for the anger that people will feel as a result.”

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