East Sussex County Council employment contract information

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Dear East Sussex County Council,
I would like information on the following:
How many employees does East Sussex County Council have?
Of these, how many are contracted to regularly work weekends and bank holidays? In which departments are these people employed?
How many employees have part-time contracts?
How many have term-time only contracts? In which departments are these people employed?
How many, if any, County Council employees have contracts that forbid taking annual leave during school holidays? If there are any, in which departments are they employed?
Looking specifically at the education attendance department, how many employees are there in this department? How many regularly work weekends and evenings? How many have part time contracts? How many have term-time only contracts? How many, if any, have contracts that forbid them from taking annual leave in the school holidays?
Thinking specifically about the department responsible for issuing non-attendance penalties and the correspondence arising, how many employees are there? How many of these work part time? How many are term-time only? How many work weekends and evenings? How many are disqualified from taking annual leave in the holidays?
What is the wages bill for this department? What are the pay grades and wages of the staff employed here? What are their benefits packages (annual leave, health care, pension payments, childcare payments, travel etc) and what does this add to the wages bill for this department?
What is the income for this department? Where does it come from?
What, if any, scrutiny takes place of this department and its workload? Is it audited or monitored and if so, who by, and when was the last audit? Please provide copies.
Lastly,how many non-attendance penalty notices have been issued in the last twelve months? How many have been paid? How many have been challenged? How many were successful in their challenge (ie, how many parents had the notices overturned?)
Yours faithfully,
Louise Kelleher

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Kelleher

 

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East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

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St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Kelleher

 

FOI Request ref:  5211 / East Sussex County Council employment contract
information

 

Thank you for your request for information about the above, which has been
dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
information we provide is subject to the copyright and reuse of
information terms and conditions set out at the bottom of this email.

 

REQUEST

 

1.    How many employees does East Sussex County Council have?

2.    Of these, how many are contracted to regularly work weekends and
bank holidays?

3.    In which departments are these people employed?

4.    How many employees have part-time contracts?

5.    How many have term-time only contracts?

6.    In which departments are these people employed?

7.    How many, if any, County Council employees have contracts that
forbid taking annual leave during school holidays?

8.    If there are any, in which departments are they employed?

 

Looking specifically at the education attendance department,

9.     how many employees are there in this department?

10. How many regularly  work weekends and evenings?

11. How many have part time contracts?

12. How many have term-time only contracts?

13. How many, if any, have contracts that forbid them from taking annual
leave in the school holidays?

 

Thinking specifically about the department responsible for issuing
non-attendance penalties and the correspondence arising,

14. how many employees are there? 

15. How many of these work part time?

16. How many are term-time only?

17. How many work weekends and evenings?

18. How many are disqualified from taking annual leave in the holidays?

19. What is the wages bill for this department?

20. What are the pay grades and wages of the staff employed here?

21. What are their benefits packages (annual leave, health care, pension
payments, childcare payments, travel etc) and

22. what does this add to the wages bill for this department?

23. What is the income for this department?

24. Where does it come from?

25. What, if any, scrutiny takes place of this department and its
workload?

26. Is it audited or monitored and if so,

27. who by, and when was the last audit? Please provide copies.

28. Lastly,how many non-attendance penalty notices have been issued in
the last twelve months?

29. How many have been paid?

30. How many have been challenged?

31. How many were successful in their challenge (ie, how many parents had
the notices overturned?)

 

RESPONSE

 

East Sussex County Council terminology uses 'Department' for the top level
hierarchical divisions e.g Adult Social Care, Children's Services,
Schools. These departments are then broken down into 'Divisions' and
'Service Areas'. The response to Question 9 onwards relate to the service
area within Children's Services which is responsible for education
attendance amongst other duties.

 

1. 13451

 

2. 881

 

3. Adult Social Care. Business Services, Communities, Economy and
Transport, Children’s Services, Schools

 

4. 8399

 

5. 5389 employees have part-year working arrangements. The majority have a
work pattern which mirrors school term / holiday arrangements.

 

6. Adult Social Care, Business Services, Communities, Economy & Transport,
Children's Services, Schools

 

7. None

 

8. Please see answer to question 7.

 

Looking specifically at the education attendance department,

 

9. 56

 

10. None

 

11. 30

 

12. 14 employees have part-year working arrangements

 

13. None

 

Thinking specifically about the department responsible for issuing
non-attendance penalties and the correspondence arising,

Staff within the Education Attendance service area carry out multiple
functions and it is not possible to delineate staff in this way

 

14. Please see answer to question 9.

 

15. Please see answer to question 11.

 

16. Please see answer to question 12.

 

17. None

 

18. None

 

19. The total salary bill (excluding on-costs such as pension) is
£1,137,782 based on employees in post as of 28/02/2015

 

20.

Maximum
Minimum for for grade No. of
Pay grade grade (£) (£) employees
SS4 15330 16239 3
SS6 18212 19339 8
SS7/8 19850 23372 33
SS9 24234 26179 1
SS10 27139 29315 4
LMG 35989 39328 1
Soulbury
5-8 37185 40594 5
Soubury
11-14 44230 47742 1

 

21. Annual leave entitlement

Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme

Occupational sick pay, maternity / paternity / adoption / shared parental
leave

Access to vehicle, bicycle and season ticket loan schemes

Access to our online staff benefits platform, which contains a variety of
voluntary discounts and offers

Various locally negotiated voluntary benefits

 

22. With the exception of pension contributions, the benefits listed above
are either incorporated in existing salary payments, or provided on a cost
neutral basis. They therefore do not add to the wages bill for the
department. Employer’s pension contributions vary depending on the
employee’s salary. For more information on contribution rates, please see
[1]http://www.lgps2014.org/

 

23. The income for this department from Penalty Notice Fines is £91,800

 

24. The service has multiple revenue streams including: training,
additional in school support, Penalty Notice Fines

 

25. Each and every non-attendance penalty notice issued is issued in
accordance with the guidelines set by the Department for Education and in
accordance with the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and the Education
(Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2013. All are endorsed by the
Legal & Interventions Officer before being issued.

 

26. The Department for Education collect data for monitoring purposes on
an annual basis in October each year.  This is collected under the
Parental Responsibility Measures Attendance Census.

 

27. Please see above.

 

28. 1,936 have been issued. These relate to unauthorised absence requests
during term-time.

 

29. 1,530 have been paid.

 

30. Notices are challenged on a daily basis and it is not therefore
possible to indicate an accurate figure.

 

31. 148 have been withdrawn. It should be noted however that these are not
necessarily withdrawn due to being challenged. These can be withdrawn if
the school/parent have provided inaccurate details e.g. address and the
notices have been returned. The difference between the figures will relate
to those which are currently live i.e. awaiting payment, awaiting caution
or prosecution.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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