Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you set out in detail the recruitment process that was followed for the recent appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources.

1. Where and how was the vacancy advertised?
2. Please supply me with a copy of the advertisement of the vacancy.
3. How many candidates applied?
4. How many candidates were shortlisted?
5. Who sat on the shortlisting panel and what is their role in the authority?
6. Who sat on the interview panel and what is their role in the authority?

In addition, please can you advise of the current salary of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources? Is the salary level that set by council in December 2015 and if not, please advise when the decision was taken to amend the salary and who made that decision.

The salaries of all council officers earning over £50,000 per annum should be clearly displayed on your website. I cannot find this information. Please therefore advise me of the current salary level of the Managing Director and of the Director of Customer and Community Services and advise when these salary levels were set and by whom.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Further to my initial FOI request, for the purpose of clarification please assume "salary" means the overall remuneration package, including basic salary plus any additional payments whether one off or continuing, including for example (but not limited to) market supplement, incentive payment, any additional payments to cover travel/accommodation costs, performance bonus, special responsibility allowance, S151 pay supplement etc.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Ms Johnson,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Request for Information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded
information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act
2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

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and you will be informed if a fee is payable.  In this event the fee must
be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working
day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone 01625 545700

[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

From: Sarah Johnson <[6][FOI #432461 email]

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you set out in detail the recruitment process that was followed
for the recent appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate
Resources.

1. Where and how was the vacancy advertised?
2. Please supply me with a copy of the advertisement of the vacancy.
3. How many candidates applied?
4. How many candidates were shortlisted?
5. Who sat on the shortlisting panel and what is their role in the
authority?
6. Who sat on the interview panel and what is their role in the authority?

In addition, please can you advise of the current salary of the Director
of Commercial and Corporate Resources? Is the salary level that set by
council in December 2015 and if not, please advise when the decision was
taken to amend the salary and who made that decision.

The salaries of all council officers earning over £50,000 per annum should
be clearly displayed on your website. I cannot find this information.
Please therefore advise me of the current salary level of the Managing
Director and of the Director of Customer and Community Services and advise
when these salary levels were set and by whom.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

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From: Sarah Johnson <[7][FOI #432461 email]>
Sent: 17 September 2017 12:10
To: Info
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Director Appointment and
salary

 

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Further to my initial FOI request, for the purpose of clarification please
assume "salary" means the overall remuneration package, including basic
salary plus any additional payments whether one off or continuing,
including for example (but not limited to) market supplement, incentive
payment,  any additional payments to cover travel/accommodation costs,
performance bonus, special responsibility allowance, S151 pay supplement 
etc.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

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Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Madam,

  

I am writing to you in relation to your recent Freedom of Information
request to Copeland Borough Council dated 18 September 2017 which is
reproduced below.

 

Copeland Borough Council remains committed to openness and transparency
and does hold some recorded information in answer to your query. However
due to the circumstances outlined below and the current well documented
recent situation around IT capabilities we do not, at this stage intend to
disclose this information. There are concerns around pseudomisation and
identification issues and as a public authority we have to ensure that all
such requests are both legitimate and valid. There is a danger that some
enquiries may be submitted to circumvent the legislation and we must
remain committed to providing the best professional service possible to
the general public.

 

In this regard and following the advice we have received from the
Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which relates to Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests made via social media and whatdotheyknow.com,
'Public authorities do not need to respond to such requests for
information unless the requestor's real name is clear. If their name is
not clear, for example their username is a pseudonym or only contains part
of their real name, the request is not valid'.

 

A request for information is not valid if it does not, in accordance with
s.8 (1b) Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), state the name of the
applicant and an address for correspondence. As we believe your request
uses a pseudonym instead of your actual name we do not consider it to be a
valid request. Accordingly, we are not obliged to respond to it.

 

However, the ICO does recommend that should you wish to resubmit your
request using your real name then we will be able to process and provide a
response to your request.

 

In order to fulfil your requirements, I have also been authorised to
invite you personally to attend the Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven where we can discuss the issues raised. I am more than happy to
arrange such a visit at your convenience.

 

Should you decide to decline the invitation I would make a respectful
request for acceptable identification which could be in the form of a
driving license, utility bill or something similar that establishes your
full name, date of birth and address with photo ID. An original copy of
the proof of identity document should be sent to the below address, or
produced in person.

I will place this request 6399/17 on hold pending receipt of
identification from you. Please note that if no identification is received
within 20 working days, the request will be withdrawn.

I hope this response is acceptable to you and that you appreciate the
safeguards that have to be adopted, but do not hesitate to contact me if
you wish to clarify anything further.

 

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides
are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily
you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

 

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with
how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745

Where you will also find further guidance about submitting a freedom of
information request: [1]www.ico.org.uk

 

Many thanks for your support and understanding in this matter.

 

Regards,

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

 

From: Sarah Johnson <[5][FOI #432461 email]

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please can you set out in detail the recruitment process that was followed
for the recent appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate
Resources.

1. Where and how was the vacancy advertised?
2. Please supply me with a copy of the advertisement of the vacancy.
3. How many candidates applied?
4. How many candidates were shortlisted?
5. Who sat on the shortlisting panel and what is their role in the
authority?
6. Who sat on the interview panel and what is their role in the authority?

In addition, please can you advise of the current salary of the Director
of Commercial and Corporate Resources? Is the salary level that set by
council in December 2015 and if not, please advise when the decision was
taken to amend the salary and who made that decision.

The salaries of all council officers earning over £50,000 per annum should
be clearly displayed on your website. I cannot find this information.
Please therefore advise me of the current salary level of the Managing
Director and of the Director of Customer and Community Services and advise
when these salary levels were set and by whom.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: Sarah Johnson <[6][FOI #432461 email]>
Sent: 17 September 2017 12:10
To: Info
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Director Appointment and
salary

 

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Further to my initial FOI request, for the purpose of clarification please
assume "salary" means the overall remuneration package, including basic
salary plus any additional payments whether one off or continuing,
including for example (but not limited to) market supplement, incentive
payment,  any additional payments to cover travel/accommodation costs,
performance bonus, special responsibility allowance, S151 pay supplement 
etc.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Johnson

-------------------------------------------------------------------
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[7][FOI #432461 email]

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the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I see the council have a current Pay Policy Statement, approved by the council which sets out the salaries for the Managing Director and Directors and provides information on how the salaries were set:

http://copeland.moderngov.co.uk/document...

Sarah Johnson left an annotation ()

Richard - thank you - yes, I see that it is now available but their website had been out of action for a number of weeks so the information was not readily available. Stating the salary in the PPS is not a formal decision on the level of that salary.

Dear Clifford Walker,

Thank you for your prompt response.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Johnson

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

A similar request has now been made by someone else at:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

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