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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to your employment practices. I would like to know the following:

1. As of August 15th 2018, the lowest hourly wage (excluding benefits) paid by the college to employees, over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices.

2. Please outline any cash benefits that were given to staff paid your lowest hourly wage, who are over the age of 18, and who are not trainees or apprentices, in the year prior to August 15th 2018 and how these are allocated.

3. As of August 15th 2018, the number of staff (if any), over the age of 18, who are employed by the college and paid below £8.75 per hour.

4. As of August 15th 2018, the percentage of staff employed by the college in non-academic/administrative positions who are over the age of 18 and paid below £8.75 per hour.

5. As of August 15th 2018, is the college currently in the process of gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation?

6. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in the year prior to August 15th 2018.

7. If the college uses any external employment agencies to provide staff, the number of contracted staff who worked 2 or more hours a day, in any day of the week, for 8 or more consecutive weeks, in the year prior to August 15th 2018, who were paid below £8.75 per hour.

If you are to invoke Section 43 to withhold information in relation to any of these questions please note you must provide details of the exact FOIA exemption, details of who would be prejudiced by this information, and a public interest test justifying a conclusion with arguments for and against the release of the information.

Thank you very much for your assistance with this request. If you would like any clarification on the information I have asked for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to receiving your response in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,

I am writing to you to remind you of your legal requirement to have replied to the FOI I sent on the 16 August 2018 that is now 6 days past the legal time limit.

When answering the FOI please ensure that your answer to Question 1 is given as an exact figure and does NOT include holiday pay and refers to the lowest hourly wage paid by the college to employees (INCLUDING casual workers), over the age of 18, who are not trainees or apprentices.

Please take this into account when answering questions 3 and 4 in reference to these employees on the lowest hourly wage, ensuring that you do not take holiday pay into account.

To be clear for example if a casual worker earns £8 per hour plus £1 per hour holiday pay, they should still be counted as a worker earning less than £8.75 per hour in questions 3 and 4.

I would much appreciate a prompt reply.

Many thanks,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

To Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Our ref: F2018-024 - wages and employment practices

Further to your FOI request, set out below, I am responding on behalf of
Lucy Cavendish College as follows:

1. As of August 15th 2018, the lowest hourly wage (excluding benefits) paid
by the college to employees, over the age of 18, who are not trainees or
apprentices.

£8.75

2. Please outline any cash benefits that were given to staff paid your
lowest hourly wage, who are over the age of 18, and who are not trainees or
apprentices, in the year prior to August 15th 2018 and how these are
allocated.

Conference bonus payable in December allocated across all employees

3. As of August 15th 2018, the number of staff (if any), over the age of 18,
who are employed by the college and paid below £8.75 per hour.

n/a

4. As of August 15th 2018, the percentage of staff employed by the college
in non-academic/administrative positions who are over the age of 18 and paid
below £8.75 per hour.

n/a

5. As of August 15th 2018, is the college currently in the process of
gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation?

No

6. The name(s) of any external employment agencies used to provide staff in
the year prior to August 15th 2018.

TES, Interaction Recruitment, The Workshop Partnership, Blue Arrow

7. If the college uses any external employment agencies to provide staff,
the number of contracted staff who worked 2 or more hours a day, in any day
of the week, for 8 or more consecutive weeks, in the year prior to August
15th 2018, who were paid below £8.75 per hour.

None employed for a period longer than 8 weeks.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint, you should write to me, at the address
below.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
provided by the College. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,
Alison Vinnicombe

Ms Alison A Vinnicombe | Registrar & Fellow
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU
T. 01223 339240 F. 01223 332178 E. [Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge request email] W.
www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Lucy Cavendish College Registered Charity No: 1137875

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Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Dear Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,

Thank you for your prompt reply. I had just one question, were the notes in my follow up regarding holiday pay taken into consideration in the reply as requested? Just wanted to make sure the new comments were acknowledged. Thank you again.

Yours faithfully,

Syed Muhammad Abdullah Shah

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Yes, your follow-up points were noted in drawing up the response sent to you
today.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint, you should write to me, at the address
below.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO
cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
provided by the College. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,
Alison Vinnicombe

Ms Alison A Vinnicombe | Registrar & Fellow
Lucy Cavendish College, Lady Margaret Road, Cambridge, CB3 0BU
T. 01223 339240 F. 01223 332178 E. [Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge request email] W.
www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk
Lucy Cavendish College Registered Charity No: 1137875

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