Director: HR

Bill Wren made this Freedom of Information request to Bristol City Council

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From: Bill Wren

17 February 2011

Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with information on the employment
status of your Director: HR.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or other arramgement?

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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From: Bill Wren

22 February 2011

Dear Bristol City Council,

I do not seem to have received a response to my FoI request sent on
17 February 2011.

I have reproduced it below for your benefit.

I anticipate receiving a response by 18 March 2011.

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

"Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with information on the employment
status of your Director: HR.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or other arramgement?

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren"

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From: Freedom of Information
Bristol City Council

22 February 2011

Dear Mr Wren,

I acknowledge that your request has been received, and confirm that you
will receive a response no later than 17.03.11, the deadline for response.

We are currently collating information relating to Mr Mike Watts our HR
Director.

Regards
Helena Ashton

>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #62454 email]> 22/02/11 07:41
>>>
Dear Bristol City Council,

I do not seem to have received a response to my FoI request sent on
17 February 2011.

I have reproduced it below for your benefit.

I anticipate receiving a response by 18 March 2011.

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

"Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with information on the employment
status of your Director: HR.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or other arramgement?

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren"

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From: Bill Wren

22 February 2011

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the acknowledgement.

However, to clarify, this request is not in relation to Mr Mike
Watts, HR Director.

I'm referring to your 'Director: HR' who presented a report to
Bristol City Council's Human Resources Committee entitled 'Vacancy
Management' on 24 February 2011.

The link to the report is here:
http://www.bristol.gov.uk/committee/2011...

To further clarify I would like the following:

information on the employment status of this 'Director: HR'.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or through other arrangements?

I would also now like some further supplementary information:

Could I have any information on why Bristol City Council has an 'HR
Director' and 'Director: HR' and what their respective roles and
responsibilities are?

Yours sincerely,

Bill Wren

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From: Freedom of Information
Bristol City Council

2 March 2011

Dear Mr Wren,
Thank you for your request for information dated 17 February.

The post of Service Director: HR & Shared Transactional Services is
currently filled by a third party business, contracted until September
2012.

This response should answer your request in full, however if you are not
satisfied with this response or wish to lodge an appeal against any
exemptions that may have been applied, you can do so by writing to the
Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council Legal Services, The
Council House, College Green, Bristol, or [1][Bristol City Council request email]. Details
of the complaints procedure can be found at
[2]http://www.bristol.gov.uk/complaints.

If, after you have exhausted the council’s complaints procedure, you are
still not satisfied with the response you have received you have the right
to complain to the Information Commissioner, details of your right to
complain can be found at [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx

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From: Freedom of Information
Bristol City Council

2 March 2011

Dear Mr Wren,
We write further to our response today and can confirm that this has been
sent in error and in response to your first request dated 17 February.
However we are now aware that this is not the information you are seeking
and that you have clarified your request on 22 February. We will now
respond to your clarified request before the time limit of 17 March.
For Head of Legal Services
Stephen McNamara

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From: Freedom of Information
Bristol City Council

8 March 2011

Dear Mr Wren,

Thank you for your request for information received on 17.02.11 and your
further clarification on the 22.02.11 for information relating to
the Acting Director: HR.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

This post is currently filled by a Bristol City Council employee, the
grade is JNC Grade O and the salary banding is pro rata to £64,929 to
71,479 (full-time equivalent salary range). This post is currently being
undertaken on a part time (half time basis) and is on a fixed contract
until 31.10.11.

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or through other arrangements?

See above.

I would also now like some further supplementary information:

Could I have any information on why Bristol City Council has an 'HR
Director' and 'Director: HR' and what their respective roles and
responsibilities are?

The post that you refer to is known as the Acting Director HR Special
Projects and is in place during this transition period, and has direct
responsibility for workforce planning, vacancy management and pay &
benefits, whilst the new Service Director HR, also part time (4 days a
week), takes over responsibility for full Corporate HR functions and the
shared transactional service centre.
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The Head of Legal Services
Stephen McNamara

>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #62454 email]> 17/02/11 07:17
>>>
Dear Bristol City Council,

Please could you provide me with information on the employment
status of your Director: HR.

Could you confirm the post is currently filled by an employee of
Bristol City Council and if so what grade and wage band it
attracts?

If the post is not currently filled by a city council employee,
could you confirm the employment arrangements currently in place.
For example is the post filled by an agency employee, a freelance
consultant, a third party business or other arramgement?

Yours faithfully,

Bill Wren

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From: Bill Wren

10 March 2011

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the prompt response.

However, do you think you could confirm what you mean by "this
transition period".

I am aware of the city council's Transformation programme, a
long-term policy pursued by Bristol City Council, but I have no
knowledge of any "transition period".

Perhaps you could refer me to information on this programme/policy.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Wren

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From: Freedom of Information
Bristol City Council

10 March 2011

Thank you for your request for information. You should expect to receive a response within the 20 working day limit.

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From: Helena Ashton
Bristol City Council

6 April 2011

Dear Mr Wren,

Thank you for your request for further guidance on what the Council means
by "this Transition Period"

Currently this means the period under which the Acting Director HR Special
Projects would:
(1) undertake projects aimed at reducing workforce costs, eg vacancy
management, discontinuing 400 agency workers, reviewing fixed term
contracts,
(2) review & revise BCC employee terms and conditions, such as the
redundancy pay and pay protection schemes, introduction of voluntary
severance, reduced contractual hours, etc, and
(3) support the transition/realignment in H R, including working with the
new Service Director H R & STS (appointed) a few weeks ago whilst he
makes key improvements to the H R service.
However this is under review and may change at some point this year.

This response should answer your request in full, however if you are not
satisfied with this response or wish to lodge an appeal against any
exemptions that may have been applied, you can do so by writing to the
Data Protection Officer at Bristol City Council Legal Services, The
Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS99 7PH or [Bristol City Council request email].
Details of the complaints procedure can be found at
[1]http://www.bristol.gov.uk/complaints.

If, after you have exhausted the council’s complaints procedure, you are
still not satisfied with the response you have received you have the right
to complain to the Information Commissioner, details of your right to
complain can be found at [2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx

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The Council is unable to grant permission to reproduce or re-use any
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from the copyright holders.

Response sent on behalf of Mr S McNamara, Head of Legal Services

>>> Bill Wren <[FOI #62454 email]> 10/03/11 07:53
>>>
Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for the prompt response.

However, do you think you could confirm what you mean by "this
transition period".

I am aware of the city council's Transformation programme, a
long-term policy pursued by Bristol City Council, but I have no
knowledge of any "transition period".

Perhaps you could refer me to information on this programme/policy.

Yours sincerely,

Bill Wren

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