Public Liaison Services
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
1st Floor, Nore Villa, Knockbracken Healthcare Park
Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8BH
T: (028) 9504 5888
3 February 2021
Our ref: FOI/23701
Dear Mr Ward-Robb,
Re: Named and Shamed by BEIS
I refer to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request received on 15 January 2021. Outlined
below is Belfast Trusts’ response, which I hope you find helpful. Question:
Belfast HSC Trust was recently included on a "Rogue Employers List" for its failure to pay the
statutory minimum wage. The listing indicated arrears of £7,303 to 192 workers.
Please confirm, (a) the amounts paid back to the 192 workers concerned, (b) the fines
imposed and paid by the Trust in respect of the £7,303 arrears of pay and (c) the date(s) of
receipt and payment of fine demands? Response:
The Trust can confirm arrears of £7303.41 were paid to 192 employees due to a delay in
progressing a pay award at that time. This was substantiated by HMRC’s Compliance Team
and recorded in a ‘Notice of Underpayment – Section 19 of the National Minimum Wage Act
1998’ dated 23 March 2018.
HMRC calculate penalties based on the amount of arrears paid and the year to which these
arrears relate. The Notice of Underpayment set out the penalty as a maximum of 200% of the
arrears paid, i.e. £13,801.44, or 100% of the arrears if the penalty was paid by 9 April 2018,
i.e. £6,900.72. The Business Services Organisation paid the penalty of £7303.41 on behalf of
Belfast Trust, prior to 9 April 2018.
The Notification of Underpayment received from HMRC on 23 March 2018 highlighted that this
matter was ‘referred to BEIS for consideration under the NMW Naming scheme.’ All other
enquiries were handled by the Department of Health press office. Question:
In addition, please provide a copy of all communications received from the Department for
Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) indicating the Trust was to be included on a
forthcoming Naming and Shaming List. Response:
Correspondence received from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
(BEIS) is attached to my cover email.
If you are dissatisfied with the way in which we have handled your Freedom of Information
(FOI) request you may wish to complain. You should write to: Public Liaison Service, Belfast
Health & Social Care Trust, Nore Villa, Knockbracken Health Care Park, Saintfield Road,
Belfast BT8 8BH or alternatively e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
within two months
of the date of this response and your complaint will be considered and a response provided,
usually within 20 working days of receipt.
Should you still be dissatisfied with the outcome, you can proceed to the second review stage
by contacting the Information Commissioner, The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF who will undertake an independent review. It is
important to note that if you refer any matter to the Information Commissioner, you will need to
show evidence of having gone through the Trust’s review process to try to resolve the matter
with the Trust in the first instance.
If you require any further information or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact
Public Liaison Officer