Compensation For Loss Of Office Paid To Officers Applying For Early Retirement

Alan Lenton made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to West Lancashire District Council

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Dear West Lancashire Borough Council,

I am writing to ask West Lancashire Borough Council to disclose any and all remuneration payments made to Council Officers taking voluntary early retirement that include “Compensation for loss of office” in pay grades 14 SM1 to 18 Wld for the past three full accounting years. In each case please state the precise amount of “Compensation for loss of office” paid.

Yours faithfully,

Alan Lenton

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Tootle, Karen,

 

FOR THE ATTENTION OF MR ALAN LENTON

 

 

Ref No: 2018/705

 

09 October 2018

 

 

Dear Mr Lenton

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

 

Thank you for your email of 24 September 2018 where you requested
information about  Compensation For Loss Of Office Paid To Officers
Applying For Early Retirement

 

I can confirm that the Council holds this information. The information is
exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because
the information is already in the public domain, therefore already
accessible to you.  You can find the information you require at:
[1]https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/about-the-c...
where the information can be retrieved.  The relevant section of the page
is shown below.

Statement of Accounts

The Statement of Accounts shows our financial performance and financial
position for the year. These accounts have been prepared in accordance
with the regulations that govern our financial affairs and demonstrate the
council's stewardship of public funds.

·         Download the [2]Statement of Accounts 2017/18 (PDF 1080kb)

·         Download the [3]Statement of Accounts 2016/17 (PDF 1370kb)

·         Download the [4]Statement of Accounts 2015/16 (PDF 2360kb)

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Mr Marc Taylor, Borough
Treasurer, West Lancashire Borough council, 52 Derby street, Ormskirk,
Lancashire, L39 2DF.   Email: [5][email address].

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

Kind regards.

 

Karen Tootle

Human Resources Officer

West Lancashire Borough Council

______________________________

 

Tel: 01695 585234

West Lancashire Borough Council,

52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

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Dear Tootle, Karen,
Thank you for your reply. The guidance you have quoted does not supply what I requested. The accounts state that "The Council terminated the contracts of 9 employees in 2017-18 in different service areas incurring liabilities of £0.588m (£0.247m in 2016-17). This consisted of 7 voluntary and 1 compulsory redundancies, and the ending of a fixed term contract. This compares to 4 voluntary redundancies and the ending of a fixed term contract in the previous year".

If I didn't make it clear enough, while the Senior Officer who left, the Director of Leisure, received a large payment for loss of employment that was made public, the payments for loss of office of other officers who took voluntary redundancy are not made public. That is what I am asking for.

Regards

Alan Lenton

Freedom Of Information,

Dear Mr Lenton,

As the Council has responded to your original request, your email below is considered to be a request for new information and is therefore a new FOI request. We will respond in no later than 20 working days following further clarification.

Compensation for loss of office refers only to those officers listed on the statement of accounts that you have previously been directed to. Therefore can you please confirm that the information you require is about what redundancy payments were made during that period and not compensation for loss of office?

Kind Regards,

Thanks,

Thomas Lynan
Electoral and Administration Services Manager
West Lancashire Borough Council
 
Tel: 01695 585013
West Lancashire Borough Council,
52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Thanks. My original request asked "In each case please state the precise amount of “Compensation for loss of office” paid. That is what isn't made available to the public, for every applicant for voluntary redundancy, in the Borough accounts. To be clear, I am asking for the specific payments made for successful individual applicants for voluntary redundancy who are then paid a separate sum for loss of that employment they volunteered to leave.

I hope this clarifies my request?

Yours sincerely,

Alan Lenton

Freedom Of Information,

This message is to acknowledge receipt of your communication. If your
request is a valid request for information under the terms of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 it will be answered promptly and within 20 working
days.

 

West Lancashire Borough Council as the Data Controller take the security
of your personal data seriously.  We will only use the personal
information you give us for the purposes of providing an answer to your
freedom of information request.  For further information
www.westlancashire.gov.uk

 

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Tootle, Karen,

 

Dear Mr Lenton

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information - Reference
2018/742

 

Thank you for your email of 11 October 2018 where you requested
information about  Compensation For Loss Of Office Paid To Officers
Applying For Early Retirement.

 

I can confirm that a "payment for loss of office" means a payment made to
a director who has been made redundant.  When a director of West
Lancashire Council has been made redundant their redundancy payment shows
as "compensation for loss of office" in the Statement of Accounts.  They
do not receive a further payment for redundancy as this is one and the
same payment.

 

I can confirm that the Council holds this information. The information is
exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because
the information is already in the public domain, therefore already
accessible to you.  You can find the information you require at:

 

[1]https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/about-the-c...

where the information can be retrieved.  The relevant section of the page
is shown below.

 

Statement of Accounts

The Statement of Accounts shows our financial performance and financial
position for the year. These accounts have been prepared in accordance
with the regulations that govern our financial affairs and demonstrate the
council's stewardship of public funds.

•           Download the Statement of Accounts 2017/18 (PDF 1080kb) Page
71, Column 4

•           Download the Statement of Accounts 2016/17 (PDF 1370kb) Page
70, Column 4

•           Download the Statement of Accounts 2015/16 (PDF 2360kb) page
72, Column 4

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Mr Marc Taylor, Borough
Treasurer, West Lancashire Borough council, 52 Derby street, Ormskirk,
Lancashire, L39 2DF.   Email: [2][email address].

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

Kind regards.

 

Karen Tootle

Human Resources Officer

West Lancashire Borough Council

______________________________

 

Tel: 01695 585234

West Lancashire Borough Council,

52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF

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