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Decision to furlough staff

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Dear Oxford City Council,

Who took the decision to furlough staff on 100% pay including officers earning more than £50K a year?

Can you list the officers earning more than £50K who were furloughed? I believe different rules apply to officers on £50K a year compared to less junior officers.

What is the legal basis for this? It was expected that local authorities would not use this scheme to furlough staff.

What steps did the council take to look for alternative jobs for those staff rather than putting them on furlough?

Did the Monitoring Officer and the Chief Financial Officer sign this off?

Yours faithfully,

Abdul Hai

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Abdul Hai,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 10030

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Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Abdul Hai,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 10030
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on  12th April 2021 as follows:
 
Who took the decision to furlough staff on 100% pay including officers
earning more than £50K a year?
 
The decision was made by the Chief Executive on 6 April 2020.
 
[1]https://mycouncil.oxford.gov.uk/ieDecisi...
 
Can you list the officers earning more than £50K who were furloughed? I
believe different rules apply to officers on £50K a year compared to less
junior officers.
 
There is no requirement for the Council to publish this information about
officers earning more than £50K and doing so would be a breach of
confidentiality
 
What is the legal basis for this? It was expected that local authorities
would not use this scheme to furlough staff.
 
The was no legal restriction preventing local authorities from using the
scheme
 
What steps did the council take to look for alternative jobs for those
staff rather than putting them on furlough?
 
The Council has working from home arrangements and has redeployed staff,
including the staffing of Hubs to provide emergency frontline services.
This has enabled minimisation of the use of the furlough scheme, but it
was not possible for all staff to work from home or be redeployed.
 
Did the Monitoring Officer and the Chief Financial Officer sign this off?
 
Yes
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [2][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford
City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.  After
the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask
the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this
by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [3][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 

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