Bonuses

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

I am writing to enquire about bonuses paid to council employees for the financial years 2007/08 and 2008/09. Specifically:

1) The total amount paid to council employees in bonuses

2) The 5 recipients who received the largest bonuses

3) Any measures that are in place to regulate bonuses within the council

4) The numbers of council employees who have received bonuses

Please provide the information in spreadsheet or CSV format.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Bradshaw

Birmingham City Council

Dear  Mr Paul Bradshaw

                Freedom of Information Act 2000  -  Request for
Information

Thank you for your recent enquiry for information held by the Council
under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  We
acknowledge receipt of your request date 17 December 2009, which was
received in our office and we will be touch with you again in due course.

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Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Governance Team

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Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Paul Bradshaw

With reference to your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Infromation Act, please see attached our response.

With kind regards
Corporate Information Governance Team

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Paul Bradshaw left an annotation ()

If you are referring to this FOI request please credit Paul Bradshaw and Help Me Investigate.com

Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Paul Bradshaw

Further to our letter dated 18 January, please find attached our response
to question 2 of your request for information.

With kind regards
Corporate Infromation Governance Team

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Paul Bradshaw left an annotation ()

They are refusing to give names under 'data protection'. However. the Information Commissioner's guidance on this is quite clear - see http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

If you are referring to this FOI request please credit Paul Bradshaw and Help Me Investigate.com

Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thanks. However, the Information Commissioner's guidance on this is quite clear - bonuses are not covered by data protection. To quote:
“It is often believed that the Data Protection Act prevents the disclosure of any personal data without the consent of the person concerned. This is not true. The purpose of the Data Protection Act is to protect the private lives of individuals. Where information requested is about the people acting in a work or official capacity then it will normally be right to disclose.”

I would still like to know the names and positions of those receiving the top five bonuses. I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Bradshaw

Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Bradshaw

Please see the attached letter in relation to your request for an internal
review under the Freedom of Information Act.

With kind regards
Corporate Information Governance Team

Paul Bradshaw <[FOI #24815 To [email address]
email]> cc
Subject Internal review of Freedom of
30/01/2010 10:04 Information request - Bonuses

     Dear Birmingham City Council,
   
    Thanks. However, the Information Commissioner's guidance on this is
    quite clear - bonuses are not covered by data protection. To quote:
    “It is often believed that the Data Protection Act prevents the
    disclosure of any personal data without the consent of the person
    concerned. This is not true. The purpose of the Data Protection Act
    is to protect the private lives of individuals. Where information
    requested is about the people acting in a work or official capacity
    then it will normally be right to disclose.”
   
    I would still like to know the names and positions of those
    receiving the top five bonuses. I look forward to your response.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Paul Bradshaw
   
   

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Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Bradshaw

Further to your request for an internal review please see our attached
response.

(See attached file: Paul Bradshaw Appeal Decision Letter.doc)

Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Governance Team

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Paul Bradshaw left an annotation ()

Thanks for the comment. I added that because local newspapers were writing stories based on FOI requests done by the Help Me Investigate project and passing them off as their own work. It was nothing to do with my 'opinion of myself' which is generally not particularly elevated. But I can understand you reading it that way.