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Civil Partnership and Naming Ceremonies Fees, Profit and Staff Pay

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Dear Wakefield City Council,

Please provide the following information or answers to the questions asked:

A copy of the structure chart for the team who deliver marriage, civil partnership and naming ceremonies, showing the reporting lines, job titles of all the posts within the team, job grade and pay range, both annual and hourly rate of pay, the number of people occupying each post on a full time, part time, permanent or fixed term or secondment or casual/bank/zero hours contract basis.

A copy of the Role Profile for each post in the team.

How long has the Council employed staff on casual/bank/zero hours contract basis to conduct Ceremonies, what was the rate of pay for those working for such contracts of employment in April 2009, April 2014 and April 2019?

How many staff on casual/bank/zero hour contracts left the Council employment in each year since April 2014?

How many staff have been recruited to casual/bank/zero hours contracts in each year since April 2014?

How much on average did those working on casual/bank/zero hours contracts earn in the period April 2018 to March 2019?

What employment benefits do permanent, fixed term and staff on secondment get that those who are on casual/bank/zero hours contracts do not get?

Does the Council provide staff with uniform to wear whilst conducting ceremonies?

Do staff receive any financial assistance with purchasing and laundering suitable attire to wear whilst conducting ceremonies?

A table of fees charged by the Council for certificates, registration and ceremonies showing how the fees have changed since April 2014.

How much income the Council has earned from marriage, civil partnership and naming ceremonies in each year since April 2014 to date and how much income the Council anticipates making in April 2019 to March 2020?

How much profit the Council has earned from marriage, civil partnership and naming ceremonies in each year since April 2014 to date and how much income the Council anticipates making in April 2019 to March 2020?

Regards

Rachel Colden

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Ms Colden,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  It is our intention to have the response delivered
to you by 08 July 2019.

 

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the
Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

 

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should
be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Senior Information
Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield
WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [1][Wakefield City Council request email].

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Information Governance Team,

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW

Email: [2][Wakefield City Council request email]

Tel: 01924 306112

 

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

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Dear Ms Colden,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in this response.  Please find
the response to your request below.

 

A copy of the structure chart for the team who deliver marriage, civil
partnership and naming ceremonies, showing the reporting lines, job titles
of all the posts within the team, job grade and pay range, both annual and
hourly rate of pay, the number of people occupying each post on a full
time, part time, permanent or fixed term or secondment or casual/bank/zero
hours contract basis.

Please see attachments 1 and 1a. 

 

A copy of the Role Profile for each post in the team.

Please see attachments 2 to 11.

 

How long has the Council employed staff on casual/bank/zero hours contract
basis to conduct Ceremonies, what was the rate of pay for those working
for such contracts of employment in April 2009, April 2014 and April 2019?

In April 2010 changes to pay and grading were introduced and the role of
Ceremony Officer created.  Staff were employed on temporary contracts
which were renewed annually.

 

1st November 2013 all Ceremony Officer contracts were made permanent.

 

The rate of pay for Ceremony Officers since introduction has been at Grade
6.

 

How many staff on casual/bank/zero hour contracts left the Council
employment in each year since April 2014?

There have been no casual employees engaged to conduct ceremonies and no
leavers.

 

How many staff have been recruited to casual/bank/zero hours contracts in
each year since April 2014?

There have been no casual employees engaged to conduct ceremonies and no
leavers.

 

How much on average did those working on casual/bank/zero hours contracts
earn in the period April 2018 to March 2019?

There have been no casual employees engaged to conduct ceremonies and no
leavers.

 

What employment benefits do permanent, fixed term and staff on secondment
get that those who are on casual/bank/zero hours contracts do not get?

Casual staff employed by Wakefield Council are not entitled to employee
benefits. 

 

Does the Council provide staff with uniform to wear whilst conducting
ceremonies?

No.

 

Do staff receive any financial assistance with purchasing and laundering
suitable attire to wear whilst conducting ceremonies?

No.

 

A table of fees charged by the Council for certificates, registration and
ceremonies showing how the fees have changed since April 2014.

Please see attachments 12 to 16.

 

How much income the Council has earned from marriage, civil partnership
and naming ceremonies in each year since April 2014 to date and how much
income the Council anticipates making in April 2019 to March 2020?

+------------------------------+
|Financial Year|Amount £ |
|--------------+---------------|
| |      |
|2014/15 |454,141.40 |
|--------------+---------------|
| |      |
|2015/16 |503,983.52 |
|--------------+---------------|
| |      |
|2016/17 |542,101.55 |
|--------------+---------------|
| |      |
|2017/18 |522,776.55 |
|--------------+---------------|
| |      |
|2018/19 |535,186.26 |
+------------------------------+

 

2019/20 –  similar level of income to that received in 2018/19 is
anticipated.  Fees have increased by 2% on those charged in 2018/19 and
there are no currently known reasons to anticipate that the number of
ceremonies will differ significantly.

 

How much profit the Council has earned from marriage, civil partnership
and naming ceremonies in each year since April 2014 to date and how much
income the Council anticipates making in April 2019 to March 2020?

The value of any “profit or loss” of providing these services is not
available as the Council does not hold data in this way.   Whilst income
is recorded by fee type, the costs of the Registration service are
recorded as a whole.  The Registration service as a whole provides a
number of other services including the registration of life events and the
production of certificates.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [1][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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