Council Tax Payer's Money spent on Wirral Council Employees on Wirral Council Employees Suspended on FULL PAY

The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please report the amount of money that Wirral Council has spent on Wirral Council Employees suspended on FULL PAY over the last three years including:

Salaries and on-costs of suspended employees;

Salaries attributable to Wirral Council Officers excluding those employed in HR. Directorate in acting as Investigating Officers ,Nominated Officers conducting Disciplinary Hearings and money spent on couriers delivering documents to the residential addresses of suspended employees outside of normal working ours.

Yours faithfully,

Leyland Otter

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Otter

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request in which you
asked:

 

- Please report the amount of money that Wirral Council has spent on
Wirral Council Employees suspended on FULL PAY over the last three years
including:

- Salaries and on-costs of suspended employees;

- Salaries attributable to Wirral Council Officers excluding those
employed in HR. Directorate in acting as Investigating Officers ,Nominated
Officers conducting Disciplinary Hearings and money spent on couriers
delivering documents to the residential addresses of suspended employees
outside of normal working hours.

 

We can confirm your request is currently being processed but given the
level of detail requested, we regret that we will be unable to provide a
response within 20 working days. We will aim to provide you with a
substantive response in a further 10 working days, by 10 April 2018 and
thank you for your patience in this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[1]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Otter

 

We write further to your Freedom of Information request in which you
sought the following information:

 

“Please report the amount of money that Wirral Council has spent on Wirral
Council Employees suspended on FULL PAY over the last three years
including:

Salaries and on-costs of suspended employees;

Salaries attributable to Wirral Council Officers  excluding  those
employed in HR. Directorate in acting as Investigating Officers ,Nominated
Officers conducting Disciplinary Hearings and money spent on couriers
delivering documents to the residential addresses of suspended employees
outside of normal working  hours.”

 

Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public
authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if
it is estimated that to do so would exceed the appropriate limit,
currently set at 18.5 hours. Having reviewed the scope of your request, we
must advise that facilitating your enquiry is estimated to exceed this
limit and as such the Council relies on section 12 (1) to refuse your
request.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information requested.
Please direct any request for an internal review to
[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]  and your request will be allocated to
another officer for review.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of an internal review you also
have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, who can be
contacted at [2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[3]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[4][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

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Mr Leyland Otter

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Council Tax Payer's Money spent on Wirral Council Employees on Wirral Council Employees Suspended on FULL PAY'.

My FOI is straight forward: How much money has Wirral Council spent over the ladt three years on suspending employees on full pay and on investigating allegations of misconduct by individual employees of Wirral Council. Your initial response was that you needed more time. Following a further delay you have refused to disclose the information sought under the Freedom. of Information Act.

I do not accept that it would take in excess of 18 hours for my information request to be processed and why did you not allude to this drogation in the first instance ? My request is perfectly straight forward and I believe that Wirral Council taxpayers ( and I am one) have a legitimate right to full disclosure of this information. I can only draw an adverse inference from Wirral Council's refusal to provide me with a full disclosure.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Leyland Otter

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr. Otter,

 

I am writing in response to
your request for a review of the Council’s handling of your Freedom of
Information request dated 24 February 2018. In your request you asked the
following:

 

‘Please report the amount of money that Wirral Council has spent on Wirral
Council Employees suspended on FULL PAY over the last three years
including:

Salaries and on-costs of suspended employees;  Salaries attributable to
Wirral Council Officers excluding  those employed in HR. Directorate in
acting as Investigating Officers ,Nominated Officers conducting
Disciplinary Hearings and money spent on couriers delivering documents to
the residential addresses of suspended employees outside of normal
working  hours.’
 
Your request was refused on 9 April 2018 by the application of a Section
12 exemption.  Your email of the same date has been passed to me to
consider whether your request was correctly handled and for me to carry
out a review of the decision made.

 

Section 12 of the Act allows a public authority to refuse to deal with a
request where it estimates that it would exceed the appropriate limit to
comply with that request.  The appropriate limit for the Council is
defined in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate
Limit and Fees) Regulation 2004 as being £450 (the equivalent to 18.5
hours work at an hourly rate of £25).   

Regulation 4(3) of the Fees Regulations provides that a public authority
can only take into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in
relation to: 

(a)  Determining whether it holds the information,  
(b)  Locating the information, or a document which may contain
the information,  
(c)  Retrieving the information, or a document which may contain
the information, and  
(d)  Extracting the information from a document containing it. 
   
The Council can confirm that over the past three years, 45 employees were
suspended on full pay.  However due to the constraints of our recording
system, I am satisfied that we are unable to provide a costs breakdown
without undertaking a significant manual exercise to gather such data.  As
employees remain on full pay whilst suspended, there is no alteration made
to payroll records.  This means that we are unable to identify from
computerised payroll records which employees are suspended and which are
not.

 

The task of working out how much has been paid to suspended employees
would therefore require each of the 45 employee records to be manually
located, read, reviewed and financial payments calculated for each from
the date of individual suspensions.  Given the complexity and length of
some suspensions, it is difficult to attribute an average timeframe per
employee but it is reasonable to anticipate such an exercise in relation
to 45 individual employees would exceed the prescribed time limit.

 

I am satisfied that to undertake such a manual task would exceed the
appropriate limit of 18.5 hours and as such I uphold the decision to
engage the Section 12 refusal.  Please note that Section 12 is not subject
to the public interest test.  

 

With regards to the other part of your request, I am also of the opinion
that the response provided in relation to officer salaries when acting as
Investigating Officers or Nominated Officers conducting Disciplinary
Hearings was correct. Wirral Council does not operate a time recording
system for its employees therefore Investigating Officers do not record
the amount of time spent working on investigations or at hearings.  It is
not possible to quantify the costs such duties incur.

 

I can however advise that your enquiry has highlighted some areas within
our processes we wish to actively review, with the aim of improving our
system of recording for certain information.   This completes my response
to your request for an internal review. 
 
If you remain dissatisfied with this response, you have the right to
complain to the Information
Commissioner, who can be contacted at the following address: 

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113.
[1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Yours sincerely

 

Jane Corrin

Records and Information Manager

Business Services - Digital

Wirral Council

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