Rich Durber

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Dear Liverpool City Region Combined Authority,

You have recently responded to an FOI to state that Steve Rotherham has not made an appointment to a political role as he is allowed.

However, Rich Durber describes himself as the Mayors political advisor. He is presumably employed at tax-payer expense by the Combined Authority. He is politically active and Labour Councillors in Liverpool say he acts to coordinate Steve Rotherham’s political activities in the wider Merseyside area so is fulfilling a political role.

Please answer the following given the previous FOI response.

Is Mr Durber employed by the CA?

What is Mr Durber’s role?

Please provide a copy of his job description?

Who is his manager?

How much is he being paid?

If unwilling to state his salary is it more than is permitted for the political appointment role permitted for Mayors?

Who appointed Mr Durber?

Did Steve Rotherham interview Mr Durber or play any role in choosing Mr Durber? Who was on the interview panel?

Does Mr Durber attend Steve Rotherham’s political meetings?

Yours faithfully,

Liam Jones

FOI CA, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Dear Mr Jones

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FOI CA, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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Dear Mr Jones

 

RSN21921

 

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act. Please find the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s response
below.

 

o Is Mr Durber employed by the CA?

 

Yes

 

o What is Mr Durber’s role?

 

Special Advisor to the Metro Mayor

 

o Please provide a copy of his job description

 

Please see attached

 

o Who is his manager?

 

Liz Dean – Director of Corporate Development and Delivery

 

o How much is he being paid?

 

The role is spinal column points 41-43 (£46,812 - £49,662)

 

o Who appointed Mr Durber?

 

As advised in our response to your previous enquiry, recruitment records
are only retained for a period of six months. We therefore do not hold any
recorded information as to who was directly involved in this recruitment
process.

 

o Did Steve Rotherham interview Mr Durber or play any role in choosing
Mr Durber?

 

Please see above.

 

We can advise that the Metro Mayor does not have any role in the selection
process for staff other than at Director/Chief Executive level.

 

o Who was on the interview panel?

 

Please see the above response ‘Who appointed Mr Durber?’

 

o Does Mr Durber attend Steve Rotherham’s political meetings?

 

This question has been interpreted as asking about Mr Rotheram’s party
political meetings, such as with local or national Labour groups. These do
not constitute part of his duties as Metro Mayor, and the Combined
Authority therefore does not hold any relevant recorded information within
the scope of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If this is not what you meant, we would be happy to reconsider your
request after receiving clarification.

 

I trust that this information is of interest to you.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review, which should be addressed to:

Jill Coule

Chief Legal Officer / Monitoring Officer

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

[1][email address]

 

If you are not content with the result of your internal review, you also
have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is

The Information Commissioner’s Office,

Wycliffe House,

Water Lane,

Wilmslow,

Cheshire SK9 5AF

[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Andy Henderson

 

Senior Information Management Officer | LCRCA | Mann Island, PO Box 1976,
Liverpool, L69 3HN

Office: 0151 330 1679 | Email: [3][Liverpool City Region Combined Authority request email]

 

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