Civil Partnership and Naming Ceremonies Fees, Profit and Staff Pay

Rachel Colden made this Freedom of Information request to Kirklees Borough Council

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Dear Kirklees Borough 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

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

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Dear Ms Colden

 

19956 - Civil Partnership and Naming Ceremonies Fees, Profit and Staff Pay

 

I am writing in response to your request dated 9 June 2019.  This has been
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The Council’s response to your request is set out below:

 

(1)              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.

 

                See attached.

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

 

                See attached.

 

(3)              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?

                According to our records (SAP) the council employed only
one person as a Casual Celebrant – from April 2015 until January 2017

The pay grade of a Casual Celebrant was Grade 5

April 2009            £16,010 £8.32/hr

April 2014            £16,171 £8.40/hr

April 2019            £17,923 £9.31/hr

               

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

 

                HR reports (HR003 Turnover including leavers) show the
following:

                April 14 – March 15 – 0

                April 15 – March 16 – 0

                April 16 – March 17 – 0

                April 17 – March 18 – 0

                April 18 – March 19 – 0

 

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

 

                HR reports (HR003 Turnover including starters) show the
following:

                April 14 – March 15 – 0

                April 15 – March 16 – 0

                April 16 – March 17 – 0

                April 17 – March 18 – 0

                April 18 – March 19 – 0

 

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

 

                There were no ‘Casual Celebrants’ employed April 2018 –
March 2019

 

(7)              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?

 

                Terms and Conditions of employment for employees are
outlined in Employee Handbook.  A copy has been provided.

 

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

 

                Yes

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

 

                Uniform is purchased by the service. No laundering is
provided. Staff are able to claim tax relief for laundering as the uniform
is logoed.

 

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

 

Please see the attached document

 

(11)           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?

 

Please see the attached document

 

(12)           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 activities are not split out on the ledger and as such it is hard to
determine the direct cost of each, and to then allocate a share of the
overheads and net/gross cost.  There would also be the question of whether
to use controllable or non-controllable (neither of which are split by
activity anyway).  As such, we don’t have a readily available answer for
Q12 without creating/calculating a lot of new subjective information.

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

The Democracy Service

Telephone: 01484 221000 (voice activated switchboard – please ask for
Freedom of Information)

 

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