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W Collier firstname.lastname@example.org
27 February 2020
Dear W Collier, Freedom of Information request – RFI20200181
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 4 February 2020 seeking the fol owing information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
“I would like to know how many Grievances and Grievance Appeals brought by members of
staff have been upheld against staff in the bands SM1 and SM2 or their equivalent grades in
the new Terms and Conditions structure - that is SL (Senior Leaders). I would like this request
to cover the last 5 years. I would like to know how many were not upheld in the same time
I have vastly reduced the scope and depth of this request to fit in with your parameters for
In response to your request, in order to respond in full to your request we estimate that to
carry out this search would take BBC Staff more than two and a half days due to the
extensive manual search required to answer your request. Under section 12 of the Act, we
are allowed to refuse to handle the request if it would exceed the appropriate limit. The
appropriate limit has been set by the Regulations (SI 2004/3244) as being £450 (equivalent to
two and a half days work, at an hourly rate of £25).
We are mindful of our duty under section 16 of the Act to provide reasonable advice and
assistance to you, and specifical y to advise how you might narrow your request so that it
complies with the time limit. As we advised in your previous request (RFI20200010), we
would suggest limiting your request to the last two financial years.
Furthermore please note due to the nature of your request other exemptions may apply.
As set out in section 6(1)(b)(ii) of the Act, our subsidiaries (including BBC Studioworks
Limited, UKTV, BBC Global News Ltd and BBC Studios Ltd), as well as the charities BBC
Media Action and BBC Children in Need, are not subject to the Act. As such, information
relating to these entities is not considered in the above response. Appeal Rights
If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you
have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact
us at the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your
reference number. A request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of
receiving the BBC’s response to your original request.
If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information
Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or see https://ico.org.uk/.
Yours sincerely, Information Rights
BBC Freedom of Information
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