Performance bonuses - other types of bonuses paid to Chief Officers of Northumbria Police ...

Jo Asher made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northumbria Police

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Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Northumbria Police,

I would like information about the performance bonuses given to Chief Officers of Northumbria Police, i.e. those paid to; Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, All Assistant Chief Constable's, including, Temporary ACC's and Temporary ACC's.

I would like this information annually for the three years prior to this request being successfully answered.

Specifically I would like to know the following:

- the number of staff who have received a performance bonus.
- the names of those who have received this bonus
- the amount received by each person
- any accompanying reasons given for this bonus.

I imagine a dataset that would give the information in the
following way Name / Amount / Reason
Joe Bloggs / £28,000 / Meeting crime targets ...

I would prefer to receive this information electronically as a data set either excel, csv or some other text delimited format, NOT a pdf.

PLEASE NOTE: If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for
information that Northumbria Police may hold.

We are in the process of dealing with your request and expect to revert to
you shortly. A response should be provided by 06/09 /11.

Yours sincerely

Jan Mcewan

Disclosure Section

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your email dated 5 August 2011 in which you made a request
for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police),
subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

I would like information about the performance bonuses given to Chief
Officers of Northumbria Police, i.e. those paid to; Chief Constable,
Deputy Chief Constable, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, All Assistant
Chief Constables, including, Temporary ACCs and Temporary ACCs.

I would like this information annually for the three years prior to this
request being successfully answered.

Specifically I would like to know the following:
- the number of staff who have received a performance bonus.
- the names of those who have received this bonus
- the amount received by each person
- any accompanying reasons given for this bonus.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the
Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the
information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police,
however some information will not be disclosed for the reasons outlined
below.

The 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 Bonus values paid to Senior Officers by
Rank are published within the Northumbria Police Authority Statement of
Accounts 2010/11 (unaudited), normally available from the Police Authority
Website. In order to aid and assist you I have attached a copy below.

The authorised (audited) Statement of Accounts 2010/11 is awaiting final
authorisation, and once authorised is due for publication, therefore
S22(a) of the Act applies.

Section 22 - Information intended for future publication

(1) Information is exempt information if -

(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not).

This exemption requires us to apply a Public Interest Test to decide if
the information you require should be released ahead of the scheduled
report.

Public Interest Test

Factors Favouring Disclosure:-

Accountability, Public Awareness and Debate:-
Disclosure of information would enable the public to be better informed of
such payments, as this enables more accurate and relevant public comment
and debate to take place.

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure:-

Existing Procedures and Force Efficiency:-
The exemption engaged in this case specifically requires us to simply look
at the public interest in delaying the release of information that will
automatically be disclosed in the future. To repeat those activities in
response to Freedom of Information requests would not be an efficient use
of resources and finance, specifically in the current climate.

Balance Test

The Section 22 exemption was specifically created to reduce the burden on
public authorities when responding to Freedom of Information requests and
to now provide the data rather than await the publication date would incur
additional expense and would not have a significant bearing on informed
public debate.

Decision

Therefore, at this time, the public interest is met by the scheduled
publication of this data and the risks to the same public far outweigh any
other minor benefit in an advanced disclosure.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you should consider
this to be a refusal notice under section 17 of the Act for your request.

Other than the Chief Constable, the actual name of the Officers is not
given, and will not be disclosed. By withholding we rely on the following
exemption.

Section 40(2) - Personal Information

Section 40(2) is a class based absolute exemption and as such legislators
have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no
requirement to evidence this or consider the public interest test.
However, as Section 40(2) is engaged and in order to make the exemption
absolute we need to evidence that a data protection principle would be
breached by disclosure. In this case it would not be fair to process
information which could lead to the identification of an individual,
therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be
breached.

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Dear Northumbria Police,

Can you please explain what you mean by this; '(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date (whether determined or not).'

Also,

a, When is this information going to be released, why is there a delay in it being released?

b, this is public money ... why are Northumbria Police not accounting for such monies?

c, Why can some or all of that information not be released to the public now?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Gadawodd Jo Asher anodiad ()

Marty McGartland is single-handedly responsible for stopping at least 45 IRA bomb and assassination plots: http://politics.caledonianmercury.com/20... he saved the lives of at least fifty people and he put his own life in danger while doing so. As a result, the IRA kidnapped Martin 8th August 1991, Marty escaped certain death by jumping from a third floor window. Marty was moved to the UK mainland by British Government, however, for the past 20 years he has been hounded by the State, the Police, MI5 and others, simply because he wrote a book about his experiences; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fifty-Dead-Men-W...

Marty was also shot at least 6 times by the IRA in June 1999, the IRA only found Marty's safe house after MI5, Northumbria Police and the CPS took a flawed and malicious prosecution against him, he was acquitted. However, during the court case Northumbria Police read out Martin's real name and even his home address. Marty's 1991 kidnapping has also been covered up for the past 20 years, The State (including RUC and PSNI) suppressed compelling evidence, evidence that would have resulted in his kidnappers being charged, the men were not even arrested, they were protected by the State for 18 years (until Marty make another complaint); http://www.scribd.com/doc/55567240/Top-P...

Northumbria Police, the Home Office, MI5, NIO, IPCC and many other organs of the State continue to cover up Marty's 1999 attempted murder too; https://www.facebook.com/MartinMcGartland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQhyxr0zd...

This is a total disgrace, it is also wrong, it is a State cover-up. Marty McGartland is in very poor health as a result, the State cover-up has and continues to exacerbate this. The protecting of IRA terrorists and the covering-up of both Marty’s kidnapping and his 1999 attempted murder by the above parties has now gone on for between 12 and 20 years. The above parties are hell bent on protecting IRA terrorists who were involved with both attacks. The above parties are also using every trick in the book, and many more, to cover up their own wrongdoing.

www.martinmcgartland.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/BritishAgents

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northumbr...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Police-Co...

Support Marty McGartland (Agent Carol) in his fight for truth and justice. Lets expose those involved; http://www.causes.com/causes/548596-we-t...

You can also find out more information about the State Cover-Up in the Martin McGartland case by searching google, facebook, you tube or the web for: Martin McGartland Northumbria Poilice or Martin McGartland PSNI PPS.

Gadawodd Martin McGartland anodiad ()

I can answer that, because it is one rule for Northumbria Police and another for the public. They don't want anyone to know, it is a closed shop at NP HQ.

http://youtu.be/iNFhRJ1zsG4

www.martinmcgartland.co.uk

Dear Northumbria Police,

Can you please reply to my 17th September 2011 message.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Northumbria Police

In response to your queries below

Where information will be published at a later date, there is no
requirement to obtain the information solely to answer a request made
through the Freedom of Information Act.

a) There was no delay in this information being published within the
audited accounts. These will be published once approved. Whilst I have
been informed that the accounts will be published in the near future, an
exact date of publication is not yet known.

b) The accounts will be published as there is a requirement to account for
public money spent, as there would be a financial implication in
retrieving such data solely to respond to an FOI request, the exemption is
applied to save expenditure.

c) As the accounts will be published at a later date, there was no
requirement under the Act to retrieve the information at the time of your
request. Again I must refer you to the exemption as applied below. There
is no public interest in spending money to retrieve information that will
be published at a later date. Please note that what interests the public
is not necessarily in the public interest.

To further assist, as your request referred to Chief Officer bonuses, I
have attached  links to information recently released into the public
domain which may resolve your issues regarding this subject.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-eas...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyn...

Having provided further clarification on this request, Northumbria Police
now consider this matter closed.

Yours sincerely

Michael Cleugh
Data Protection & Disclosure Advisor

From:        Jo Asher <[FOI #81990 email]> on
17/09/2011 19:24 CET

To:        [Northumbria Police request email]
cc:        
Subject:        Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Request 596/11
- Performance Bonuses [NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED]

     Dear Northumbria Police,
   
    Can you please explain what you mean by this; '(a) the information
    is held by the public authority with a view to its publication, by
    the authority or any other person, at some future date (whether
    determined or not).'
   
    Also,
   
    a, When is this information going to be released, why is there a
    delay in it being released?
   
    b, this is public money ... why are Northumbria Police not
    accounting for such monies?
   
    c, Why can some or all of that information not be released to the
    public now?
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Jo Asher
   
   

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Northumbria Police,

I am not at all happy with the way you have dealt with this matter. I am now requesting an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Northumbria Police

Ms Asher

Could you please confirm the FOI reference number supplied by Northumbria
Police (this is contained within in the subject line of emails from
ourselves) to which your request for internal review refers.

Regards

Helen

From:        Jo Asher <[FOI #81990 email]> on
12/10/2011 18:20 CET

To:        [Northumbria Police request email]
cc:        
Subject:        Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Performance bonuses - other types of  bonuses paid to Chief Officers of
Northumbria Police ...

     Dear Northumbria Police,
   
    I am not at all happy with the way you have dealt with this matter.
    I am now requesting an internal review.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Jo Asher
   
   

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Northumbria Police,

FOI #81990

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Dear Northumbria Police,

Can I have an update on this request.

Have NP already released the requested information to press/public?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Dear Northumbria Police,

You have still not dealt with this matter. I also aked you, 'Can I have an update on this request. Have NP already released the requested information to press/public?'

I have still not had your reply. Will you please reply.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Northumbria Police

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Asher,

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the "Act")

Thank you for your email dated the 30th September 2011 in which you
requested a review of the response to your request for access to
information which may be held by Northumbria Police. May I take this
opportunity to apologise sincerely for the delay in our responding to you.
 The delay has been due to an inordinately high level of work in my
department.

You asked:

I would like information about the performance bonuses given to Chief
Officers of Northumbria Police, i.e. those paid to; Chief Constable,
Deputy Chief Constable, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, All Assistant
Chief Constables, including, Temporary ACCs and Temporary ACCs.

I would like this information annually for the three years prior to this
request being successfully answered.

Specifically I would like to know the following:
 - the number of staff who have received a performance bonus.
 - the names of those who have received this bonus
 - the amount received by each person
 - any accompanying reasons given for this bonus.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the
Finance Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the
information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police,
however some information will not be disclosed for the reasons outlined
below.

The 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 Bonus values paid to Senior Officers by
Rank are published within the Northumbria Police Authority Statement of
Accounts 2010/11 (unaudited), normally available from the Police Authority
Website.  In order to aid and assist you I have attached a copy below.

The authorised (audited) Statement of Accounts 2010/11 is awaiting final
authorisation, and once authorised is due for publication, therefore
S22(a) of the Act applies.

Section 22 - Information intended for future publication

(1) Information is exempt information if -

(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not).

This exemption requires us to apply a Public Interest Test to decide if
the information you require should be released ahead of the scheduled
report.

Public Interest Test

Factors Favouring Disclosure:-

Accountability, Public Awareness and Debate:-
Disclosure of information would enable the public to be better informed of
such payments, as this enables more accurate and relevant public comment
and debate to take place.

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure:-

Existing Procedures and Force Efficiency:-
The exemption engaged in this case specifically requires us to simply look
at the public interest in delaying the release of information that will
automatically be disclosed in the future.  To repeat those activities in
response to Freedom of Information requests would not be an efficient use
of resources and finance, specifically in the current climate.

Balance Test

The Section 22 exemption was specifically created to reduce the burden on
public authorities when responding to Freedom of Information requests and
to now provide the data rather than await the publication date would incur
additional expense and would not have a significant bearing on informed
public debate.

Decision

Therefore, at this time, the public interest is met by the scheduled
publication of this data and the risks to the same public far outweigh any
other minor benefit in an advanced disclosure.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you should consider
this to be a refusal notice under section 17 of the Act for your request.

Other than the Chief Constable, the actual name of the Officers is not
given, and will not be disclosed.  By withholding we rely on the following
exemption.

Section 40(2) - Personal Information

Section 40(2) is a class based absolute exemption and as such legislators
have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no
requirement to evidence this or consider the public interest test.
However, as Section 40(2) is engaged and in order to make the exemption  
 absolute we need to evidence that a data protection principle would be
breached by disclosure. In this case it would not be fair to process
information which could lead to the identification of an individual,
therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be
breached.

You should consider this to be a refusal under section 17 of the Act for
your request.

Your request for review asked:
 
Dear Northumbria Police,

I am not at all happy with the way you have dealt with this matter.  I am
now requesting an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Your response to your request for review is as follows:

As you have not made out any specific arguments as to why you disagree
with the response you were provided, this review has taken the opportunity
to re-visit and review your request and its response as a whole.

The initial response sent to you supplied you with the information as it
was held at that time. The accounts you were supplied were unaudited at
that time but they were released to you to provide you with as much
information as was possible in the spirit of the Act. These accounts gave
you the bonus figures for 2010/11. These specifically contained the
bonuses eligible to be paid to all chief officer staff.

These accounts also showed in answer to your request:

The number of chief officer staff receiving a bonus
The amount received by each person

For completeness, you were further advised that the audited accounts were
to be published at a later date. However as you were provided with the
bonus figures within the unaudited accounts, this part of your request had
actually  been satisfied.
 
You were also supplied with links to where audited accounts were held for
previous years. This obviously satisfied these parts of your request for
previous years.

In a further e-mail to you dated 5 October 2011 you were provided links to
further information regarding the Chief Constable declining the bonus
entitlement under the bonus scheme. You have therefore been provided with
as much information as was available at the time of your request.

The names of officers receiving an annual income of over £100,000 are
published in the accounts as a requirement. The names of other officers
were not disclosed as there is no requirement to do so. Names of Officers
would, as per the initial response to you, be classed as their personal
data and therefore the section 40(2) exemption was correctly engaged.
 This exemption explains that any information that can identify an
individual is exempt from disclosure. Officer names clearly would identify
those officers and it is therefore clear that this exemption was correctly
engaged.

This review has noted that no information was supplied to you regarding
the reasons why bonuses were applicable, I therefore must add the
following information. The bonus scheme is operated by the Police
Authority in consultation with the HMIC. The scheme takes into account
chief officers’ Performance Development Reviews and their contribution to
force performance in achieving objectives as set out in national and local
policing plans.

In summary, the decision to provide you with a response as published was
appropriate and the further advice offered to further aid and assist was
substantive. Though a more complete response to the bonus calculation
should have been provided to you.

This concludes my internal review into your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of this
review then it remains open to you to refer this matter to the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Hayley Morrison
Disclosure Manager
Legal Department
Northumbria Police
Direct Dial:  01661 868715
Email:  hayley[email address]

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Dear Ms Asher,

Please accept my apologies, the response below should detail that your
request for review was recceived on the 12th October 2011 and not the 30th
September 2011 as set out in the response.  I have provided a fully
revised response for you below:

Dear Ms Asher,

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the "Act")

Thank you for your email dated the 12th October 2011 in which you
requested a review of the response to your request for access to
information which may be held by Northumbria Police. May I take this
opportunity to apologise sincerely for the delay in our responding to you.
 The delay has been due to an inordinately high level of work in my
department.

You asked:

I would like information about the performance bonuses given to Chief
Officers of Northumbria Police, i.e. those paid to; Chief Constable,
Deputy Chief Constable, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, All Assistant
Chief Constables, including, Temporary ACCs and Temporary ACCs.

I would like this information annually for the three years prior to this
request being successfully answered.

Specifically I would like to know the following:
 - the number of staff who have received a performance bonus.
 - the names of those who have received this bonus
 - the amount received by each person
 - any accompanying reasons given for this bonus.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the
Finance Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the
information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police,
however some information will not be disclosed for the reasons outlined
below.

The 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10 Bonus values paid to Senior Officers by
Rank are published within the Northumbria Police Authority Statement of
Accounts 2010/11 (unaudited), normally available from the Police Authority
Website.  In order to aid and assist you I have attached a copy below.

The authorised (audited) Statement of Accounts 2010/11 is awaiting final
authorisation, and once authorised is due for publication, therefore
S22(a) of the Act applies.

Section 22 - Information intended for future publication

(1) Information is exempt information if -

(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not).

This exemption requires us to apply a Public Interest Test to decide if
the information you require should be released ahead of the scheduled
report.

Public Interest Test

Factors Favouring Disclosure:-

Accountability, Public Awareness and Debate:-
Disclosure of information would enable the public to be better informed of
such payments, as this enables more accurate and relevant public comment
and debate to take place.

Factors Favouring Non-Disclosure:-

Existing Procedures and Force Efficiency:-
The exemption engaged in this case specifically requires us to simply look
at the public interest in delaying the release of information that will
automatically be disclosed in the future.  To repeat those activities in
response to Freedom of Information requests would not be an efficient use
of resources and finance, specifically in the current climate.

Balance Test

The Section 22 exemption was specifically created to reduce the burden on
public authorities when responding to Freedom of Information requests and
to now provide the data rather than await the publication date would incur
additional expense and would not have a significant bearing on informed
public debate.

Decision

Therefore, at this time, the public interest is met by the scheduled
publication of this data and the risks to the same public far outweigh any
other minor benefit in an advanced disclosure.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you should consider
this to be a refusal notice under section 17 of the Act for your request.

Other than the Chief Constable, the actual name of the Officers is not
given, and will not be disclosed.  By withholding we rely on the following
exemption.

Section 40(2) - Personal Information

Section 40(2) is a class based absolute exemption and as such legislators
have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no
requirement to evidence this or consider the public interest test.
However, as Section 40(2) is engaged and in order to make the exemption  
 absolute we need to evidence that a data protection principle would be
breached by disclosure. In this case it would not be fair to process
information which could lead to the identification of an individual,
therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be
breached.

You should consider this to be a refusal under section 17 of the Act for
your request.

Your request for review asked:
 
Dear Northumbria Police,

I am not at all happy with the way you have dealt with this matter.  I am
now requesting an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Jo Asher

Your response to your request for review is as follows:

As you have not made out any specific arguments as to why you disagree
with the response you were provided, this review has taken the opportunity
to re-visit and review your request and its response as a whole.

The initial response sent to you supplied you with the information as it
was held at that time. The accounts you were supplied were unaudited at
that time but they were released to you to provide you with as much
information as was possible in the spirit of the Act. These accounts gave
you the bonus figures for 2010/11. These specifically contained the
bonuses eligible to be paid to all chief officer staff.

These accounts also showed in answer to your request:

The number of chief officer staff receiving a bonus
The amount received by each person

For completeness, you were further advised that the audited accounts were
to be published at a later date. However as you were provided with the
bonus figures within the unaudited accounts, this part of your request had
actually  been satisfied.
 
You were also supplied with links to where audited accounts were held for
previous years. This obviously satisfied these parts of your request for
previous years.

In a further e-mail to you dated 5 October 2011 you were provided links to
further information regarding the Chief Constable declining the bonus
entitlement under the bonus scheme. You have therefore been provided with
as much information as was available at the time of your request.

The names of officers receiving an annual income of over £100,000 are
published in the accounts as a requirement. The names of other officers
were not disclosed as there is no requirement to do so. Names of Officers
would, as per the initial response to you, be classed as their personal
data and therefore the section 40(2) exemption was correctly engaged.
 This exemption explains that any information that can identify an
individual is exempt from disclosure. Officer names clearly would identify
those officers and it is therefore clear that this exemption was correctly
engaged.

This review has noted that no information was supplied to you regarding
the reasons why bonuses were applicable, I therefore must add the
following information. The bonus scheme is operated by the Police
Authority in consultation with the HMIC. The scheme takes into account
chief officers’ Performance Development Reviews and their contribution to
force performance in achieving objectives as set out in national and local
policing plans.

In summary, the decision to provide you with a response as published was
appropriate and the further advice offered to further aid and assist was
substantive. Though a more complete response to the bonus calculation
should have been provided to you.

This concludes my internal review into your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of this
review then it remains open to you to refer this matter to the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Hayley Morrison
Disclosure Manager
Legal Department
Northumbria Police
Direct Dial:  01661 868715
Email:  hayley[email address]

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