Planning Department: freelance consultancy

Mike Magee made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Oxford City Council

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Oxford City Council,

1. Under the terms of their employment contracts, can employees of the planning department enter into freelance discussions with would be applicants?
2. If so, what are the terms and conditions of officers undertaking such freelance work?
3. If such discussions are discovered and not permitted, what disciplinary actions will be taken by the council?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Magee

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Magee,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference:9534
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 5th October
2020 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt)
in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being
exempt or containing reference to a third party.
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises the unprecedented
challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or
people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights
work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be
penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting
their usual approach during this extraordinary period.
 
Therefore while the Council will make every effort to comply with the
Statutory Requirements you may experience understandable delays when
making information rights requests during the pandemic.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address]
| T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Magee,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference:9534
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 5^th October 2020 as follows:
 
The Council has a procedure in place that requires staff to seek approval
for any additional paid work in any capacity. One of the criteria reviewed
when considering requests for additional employment is that it must not
conflict with the Council's interests or bring the Council into disrepute.
Employees who fail who do not comply with the procedure may be subject to
disciplinary action, depending on the circumstances of the case.
 
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [1][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[2][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 
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