Appointment of panel member

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Dear Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel,
On November 5th the panel approved the appointment of Mr Leigh as a co-opted panel member. I understand from a published mail that the appointment process at the interview included set questions that were scored. And it was on the basis of these scores that the interview panel made its recomendation to the full panel.
I wish to make an FOI request that the questions asked and the scores attributed to each of the two candidates are published. In addition I would like published the basis on which the recomendation for the appointment of Mr Leigh was made.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST –  FOI-14-1086

 

 

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act:

 

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

 

On November 5th the panel approved the appointment of Mr Leigh as a
co-opted panel member. I understand from a published mail that the
appointment process at the interview included set questions that were
scored. And it was on the basis of these scores that the interview panel
made its recommendation to the full panel.

I wish to make an FOI request that the questions asked and the scores
attributed to each of the two candidates are published. In addition I
would like published the basis on which the recommendation for the
appointment of Mr Leigh was made.

       

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information, if
held, within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the
information not being exempt.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Nicky Peck

Business Support Officer

Peterborough City Council

Town Hall

Peterborough

PE1 1HG

 

foi[1]@peterborough.gov.uk

Telephone 01733 452573       

 

 

 

 

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST –  FOI-14-1086

 

 

 

Dear Sir / Madam,

 

Your request for information has now been considered and the information
requested is given below.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

 

On November 5th the panel approved the appointment of Mr Leigh as a
co-opted panel member. I understand from a published mail that the
appointment process at the interview included set questions that were
scored. And it was on the basis of these scores that the interview panel
made its recommendation to the full panel.

 

I wish to make an FOI request that the questions asked and the scores
attributed to each of the two candidates are published. In addition I
would like published the basis on which the recommendation for the
appointment of Mr Leigh was made.

 

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the work of the Police and Crime
Panel.  On 5^th November, three members of the Police and Crime Panel
interviewed two candidates for the role of Independent Member of the
Panel.  Each candidate was asked a number of questions covering the
following broad areas:

 

·         Why they wanted to join the Panel,

·         Who do they feel they represent in Cambridgeshire and how,

·         The challenges facing policing,

·         Working within a team and their role within it,

·         Challenging or influencing decisions,

·         How to ensure that the Police and Crime Plan meets the needs of
residents of Cambridgeshire.

 

Candidates were also asked to confirm their ability to attend meetings,
adhere to the Code of Conduct, that there were not in a conflictual role
and that their main home/work was in Cambridgeshire.

 

As is standard recruitment practice, the Panel made its appointment based
upon the answers provided at interview.  Each question was scored and the
candidate with the highest overall score was appointed.

 

In respect of the individual scores attributed to each of the two
candidates, I can confirm that we hold this information, however we are
unable to supply it to you.

 

The information you require is considered to be personal information and
may lead to the possible identification of the other individual
interviewed.

 

The exemption we are relying on is Section 40(2) – personal information,
the disclosure of which would breach the first data protection principle
as outlined in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The exemption
applies because disclosure of this information would not be fair or lawful
and we consider that the individuals have a reasonable expectation of
privacy.

 

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Dear Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel's handling of my FOI request 'Appointment of panel member'.

You stated that,

"In respect of the individual scores attributed to each of the two
candidates, I can confirm that we hold this information, however we are
unable to supply it to you.

The information you require is considered to be personal information and
may lead to the possible identification of the other individual
interviewed.

The exemption we are relying on is Section 40(2) – personal information,
the disclosure of which would breach the first data protection principle
as outlined in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The exemption
applies because disclosure of this information would not be fair or lawful
and we consider that the individuals have a reasonable expectation of
privacy."
It is my contention that the right to privacy above was irrelevant the other candidate has made himself publicly know and has published summary of his answers to the panel. Answering my request could not reveal more about him than he has already revealed. The post for which the interview took place is a public post holding a democratically appointed Commisioner to account, the other panel members are councillors and subject to an element of democracy. Given the public nature of the post and its role in democratic accountability the appointment process should be transparent. The candidates were aware they were applying for a public post and from the notes of one candidate no promise of confidentiality was given.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

Edward Leigh,

cc: Paul Lythgoe, Richard Taylor

Dear Paulina,

In the interests of transparency, I am happy for the following
information to be made public: any scoring information from my interview
and the 'basis on which the recommendation for [my appointment] was
made'.

Kind regards,

Edward Leigh
Independent member of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

[email address]
01223 312 377
http://bit.ly/cpcpanel

Richard Taylor,

While no-one has directly asked me I am happy for material related to
my volunteering for this role to be made public by the panel.

I would expect, and prefer,my home address, phone number, date of
birth and email address not to be released in an effort to reduce the
instance of spam texts, phone calls and emails and to reduce the risk
of identity theft.

--

Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

Dear Mr Lythgoe

Thank you for your email dated 7th February which was passed to me from Paulina Ford to respond to.

Your request is being reviewed and you will receive a reply within 20 working days, in this case by 6th March 2015.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

Kirsty Nightingale
Information Governance
Legal and Governance
Peterborough City Council
Town Hall
Bridge Street
Peterborough PE1 1HQ

Telephone: (01733) 453588

To find out more about Peterborough City Council please go to: www.peterborough.gov.uk 

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Dear Kirsty Nightingale,
I was due a response to my FOI request regarding "appointment of a panel member" by the 6th March. To date I have not received a response.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lythgoe

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

Dear Mr Lythgoe

Thank you for your email. Our records indicate that a response was due to you by 6th March. I apologise that we have not been able to provide you with this but please be assured that we are currently working to complete your request and will have a response to you as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or concerns and I hope to be in touch shortly.

Regards

Kirsty Nightingale
Information Governance
Legal and Governance
Peterborough City Council
Town Hall
Bridge Street
Peterborough PE1 1HQ

Telephone: (01733) 453588

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Freedom of Information Mailbox, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel

Dear Mr Lythgoe

 

I apologise for the time it has taken us to provide you with this
response. 

 

Your request:

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Cambridgeshire Police and
Crime Panel's handling of my FOI request 'Appointment of panel member'.

 

You stated that,

 

"In respect of the individual scores attributed to each of the two
candidates, I can confirm that we hold this information, however we are
unable to supply it to you.

 

The information you require is considered to be personal information and
may lead to the possible identification of the other individual
interviewed.

 

The exemption we are relying on is Section 40(2) – personal information,
the disclosure of which would breach the first data protection principle
as outlined in Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The exemption
applies because disclosure of this information would not be fair or lawful
and we consider that the individuals have a reasonable expectation of
privacy."

 

It is my contention that the right to privacy above was irrelevant the
other candidate has made himself publicly known and has published summary
of his answers to the panel. Answering my request could not reveal more
about him than he has already revealed. The post for which the interview
took place is a public post holding a  democratically appointed
Commissioner to account, the other panel members are councillors and
subject to an element of democracy. Given the public nature of the post
and its role in democratic accountability the appointment process should
be transparent. The candidates were aware they were applying for a public
post and from the notes of one candidate no promise of confidentiality was
given.

 

Our response:

 

After receiving the permission from both of the candidates to release the
information, I can now provide you with the following information:

 

Two candidates were interviewed for the appointment.  Each candidate was
asked the same broad questions and their responses scored collectively by
the interview panel on a 0-3 basis (with 0 being no evidence of a
candidate meeting the criterion to 3 being strong evidence of a candidate
meeting the criterion).  The questions and scores are as follows:

 

 

Question Candidate 1 Candidate 2
The Panel is looking for someone who can be an 1 2
independent voice for those who live and work in
Cambridgeshire –

 

How will you achieve this, who do you see yourself
representing?
What do you consider are the challenges facing 2 3
policing and how do these affect your community?
How will you play a role in the team, and how 1 1
together can we make a difference?
Constructive challenge will be a role of the 1 3
Panel, can you give an example of when you’ve
challenged a decision or behaviour.  What was the
outcome?
How would you ensure that the Police and Crime 2 2.5
Plan meets the diverse Cambridgeshire population
and how could the community influence this?
Total score 7 11.5

 

From the scores agreed by the interview panel, candidate 2 was the highest
scoring and therefore selected as the preferred candidate.

 

Kirsty Nightingale

Information Governance

Legal and Governance

Peterborough City Council

Town Hall

Bridge Street

Peterborough PE1 1HQ

 

Telephone: (01733) 453588

 

To find out more about Peterborough City Council please go to:
www.peterborough.gov.uk 

 

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