Acting Director HR Special Projects

Bill Wren made this Freedom of Information request to Bristol City Council

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From: Bill Wren

10 March 2011

Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with the following information
regarding your 'Acting Director HR Special Projects'

- when was the post holder appointed?

- when was the post devised and under which directorate it fits on
the city council's 'First and second tier organisational chart as
at October 2010' (available at
http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/cms-servic...)

- under what budget head the department appears in the 2011/12
accounts presented to Full Council last month (the department does
not appear to appear in the accounts)

- details of the recruitment process for the post eg. where and
when the post was advertised, how many applications were received,
details of the interview process etc

- information regarding other staff in the 'HR Special Projects'
Directorate such as the number, job title, grade and payscale of
staff

- information, to include job title, grade, payscale, of any other
posts the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' has held at Bristol
City Council over the last ten years.

- the reasons why 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' left any
previous posts at Bristol City Council over the last ten years. eg.
resigned, retired, redundancy, other.

- whether the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' received any
form of severance payment on leaving any previous post at Bristol
City Council

- whether the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' currently holds
any other post at Bristol City Council or is employed on a
consultancy or third party basis at Bristol City Council

- Confirmation that the fixed-term contract for the 'Acting
Director HR Special Projects' will not be renewed on 31.10.11, in
line with the policy agreed by the council's HR Committee on 24
February 2011

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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From: Helena Ashton
Bristol City Council

6 April 2011

Dear Mr Wren,

Thank you for your request for information below, here is the response:

1. The post holder was appointed to this position on 01.05.10.
2. The post was devised in January 2010. The post is not included on the
1st and 2nd tier organisational chart as it is a fixed term temporary
contract and this structure chart only reflects those that are in
permanent positions. The post sits in the Deputy Chief Exec's Directorate.
3. The budget for this post comes from the Corporate Services HR budget.
4. It is not applicable to have gone through a recruitment process for
this post as it was filled in relation to the an employee 'stepping down'
under the Local Governement Pension Scheme statutory regulations for
Council employees, taking flexible retirement.
5.There is 1 part-time HR Advisor, BG12, £31,439 to £34,207 Pro-rata
until 31.10.11.
6. The post holder was previously employed as Service Director HR, the
grade and payscale changed over the 10 year period, but the final grade
and payscale of this job was JNC Grade O pro rata to £64929/71479 (81 -
85)
7. This part of your request is refused under S.40 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as it is considered that this information is
personal data relating to the post holder and that disclosing this
information would contravene the first principle of the Data Protection
Act 1998. The data subject (the post holder) was not aware that when this
information was created, that it may be disclosed to an unspecified 3rd
party, and having discussed this request for disclosure with the post
holder he has refused to give his consent to the Council to disclose the
information. On balance it is considered that the duty to disclose the
information is outweighed by the duty of confidence owed to the post
holder at this time.
8. No severance payment was made.
9. No other post held.
10. This part of the request is refused as it is not a request for
recorded information (as defined in S.84 for the FOIA) by the Council, it
is a request for a matter of opinion, and therefore access is not covered
by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #64678 email]> 10/03/11 09:46
>>>
Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with the following information
regarding your 'Acting Director HR Special Projects'

- when was the post holder appointed?

- when was the post devised and under which directorate it fits on
the city council's 'First and second tier organisational chart as
at October 2010' (available at

[3]http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ccm/cms-servic...)

- under what budget head the department appears in the 2011/12
accounts presented to Full Council last month (the department does
not appear to appear in the accounts)

- details of the recruitment process for the post eg. where and
when the post was advertised, how many applications were received,
details of the interview process etc

- information regarding other staff in the 'HR Special Projects'
Directorate such as the number, job title, grade and payscale of
staff

- information, to include job title, grade, payscale, of any other
posts the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' has held at Bristol
City Council over the last ten years.

- the reasons why 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' left any
previous posts at Bristol City Council over the last ten years. eg.
resigned, retired, redundancy, other.

- whether the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' received any
form of severance payment on leaving any previous post at Bristol
City Council

- whether the 'Acting Director HR Special Projects' currently holds
any other post at Bristol City Council or is employed on a
consultancy or third party basis at Bristol City Council

- Confirmation that the fixed-term contract for the 'Acting
Director HR Special Projects' will not be renewed on 31.10.11, in
line with the policy agreed by the council's HR Committee on 24
February 2011

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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From: Bill Wren

8 April 2011

Dear Helena Ashton,

Could you clarify para 4 of this request?

You say:

"4. It is not applicable to have gone through a recruitment process
for this post as it was filled in relation to the an employee
'stepping down' under the Local Governement Pension Scheme
statutory regulations for Council employees, taking flexible
retirement."

Specifically you say, "... it was filled in relation to the an
employee 'stepping down ..."

Was it 'an' employee? Or 'the' employee (ie. Director HR). There's
a considerable difference between the two.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Wren

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From: Helena Ashton
Bristol City Council

8 April 2011

Mr Wren,

It was "the" employee. Previously the Director HR now the Acting Director
HR Special Projects.

I hope this clarifies matters.

Heléna Ashton
Data Protection Officer
Rm 326 Council House
PO Box 76
Bristol
BS99 7BL
Tel: 0117 9222725

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>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #64678 email]> 08/04/11 07:22
>>>
Dear Helena Ashton,

Could you clarify para 4 of this request?

You say:

"4. It is not applicable to have gone through a recruitment process
for this post as it was filled in relation to the an employee
'stepping down' under the Local Governement Pension Scheme
statutory regulations for Council employees, taking flexible
retirement."

Specifically you say, "... it was filled in relation to the an
employee 'stepping down ..."

Was it 'an' employee? Or 'the' employee (ie. Director HR). There's
a considerable difference between the two.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Wren

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