Disabled employees

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Could you kindly supply me with the following information

1. How many people does the council employ

2. How many of those employees are wheelchair users

3. How many of your total workforce have a registered disability,

Yours faithfully,

Dave rimmer

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your request, please find attached responses to your
queries.

 

Kind regards 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Tracy,
Many thanks for your reply. However in view of your CEO`s and Leaders radio interview with Roger Phillips on Radio Merseyside last week where they justified expenditure of £850,000 on alterations to the Town hall to make it compliant with the DDA to allow your disabled staff full access to all areas of the Town Hall, I find it incredible that you are unable to answer my FOI question. Additionally you state in your reply "We do not collect this information; we collect information on self disclosed disability." I am sorry but could you clarify this statement....you either do collate the data or you do not. As a local authority presumably you encourage local employers to engage people with disabilities and therefore I find it hard to understand that you are unable to advise me how many people you employ who are wheelchair users. If you do not have such collated figures why do you request self certified disability disclosures from prospective employees. Could you kindly look at this matter again as I believe such figures are a matter of utmost importance.

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

Stefan Ellis left an annotation ()

Once again...unbelievable! It's like trying to get blood out of a stone! Why does this council have a fear of giving out information. I read the requests on this site regularly and I am both appalled and embarrassed by the withholding of information.This current gang of deadbeats are not fit for purpose.

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
My follow up to my original FOI request and your subsequent reply is well overdue having regard to FOI legislation. Please advise when I can expect a reply,

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning

 

Further to your FOI enquiry of 27 November and your follow up e-mail of 13
December 2013, I would like to further clarify the position concerning the
information available regarding Wirral Council’s employees who
have declared a disability.

 

The Equality Duty 2010 requires us to collect data from perspective and
actual employees on a range of protected characteristics.

 

When collecting the data we ask perspective employees and those we employ,
if they wish to declare that they have a disability. The figures are shown
below with a breakdown of council employees and those who work in the
Wallasey complex.

 

Total numbers of staff as at 25 November 2013 (excluding schools 4586
Council staff who have declared a disability as of January 2014 137
Council staff employed in the Wallasey complex who have declared a 14
disability as of January 2014

 

We do not, nor are we required to capture specific details about
wheelchair use. On employment, an assessment of any requirements that an
employee may require under reasonable adjustments would be carried out and
reviewed annually to ensure we are meeting the changing needs of the
individual. 

 

As a large employer and provider of services we are expected under the
Equality Duty to ensure that our buildings are accessible for wheelchair
users or any of their mobility requirements. This requirement is a legal
one irrespective of the number of staff we employ who use a wheelchair. At
any time an employee’s mobility may change, which is captured via
reasonable adjustment process and review.

 

I trust this further explanation is helpful.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Thanks for the reply Tracy but can we clarify that I have read your reply correctly as I am a little confused by your 4th paragraph.

1. WBC employs 4586 people (excluding school staff)
2. WBC employs 137 people with declared disabilities
3. WBC employs 14 people with a declared disability at the Wallasey complex
4. WBC cannot or will not tell me how many wheelchair users they employ

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

Thank you for your correspondence.  Wirral Council can confirm that the
information provided to you previously affirms we do not hold, nor are we
required to capture specific details about wheelchair use.  Therefore we
do not hold the recorded information to provide to you.  In response to
your Freedom of Information request, the Council provided the recorded
information it did hold in response to your enquiry.  The Council has
complied with section 1(a) FOI Act 2000, having a duty to confirm or deny
if recorded information is held.

 

Wirral Council trusts this answers your enquiry.

 

Total numbers of staff as at 25 November 2013 (excluding schools 4586
Council staff who have declared a disability as of January 2014 137
Council staff employed in the Wallasey complex who have declared a 14
disability as of January 2014

 

As a large employer and provider of services we are expected under the
Equality Duty to ensure that our buildings are accessible for wheelchair
users or any of their mobility requirements. This requirement is a legal
one irrespective of the number of staff we employ who use a wheelchair. At
any time an employee’s mobility may change, which is captured via
reasonable adjustment process and review.

 

Thank you for your enquiry, kind regards

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

 

Information Management

 

Transformation and Resources

 

Wirral Council

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

 

Thanks for the reply Tracy but can we clarify that I have read your reply
correctly as I am a little confused by your 4th paragraph.

 

1. WBC employs 4586 people (excluding school staff)

2. WBC employs 137 people with declared disabilities

3. WBC employs 14 people with a declared disability    at the Wallasey
complex

4. WBC cannot or will not tell me how many wheelchair users they employ

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Dave rimmer

 

Good Morning

 

Further to your FOI enquiry of 27 November and your follow up e-mail of 13
December 2013, I would like to further clarify the position concerning the
information available regarding Wirral Council’s employees who
have declared a disability.

 

The Equality Duty 2010 requires us to collect data from perspective and
actual employees on a range of protected characteristics.

 

When collecting the data we ask perspective employees and those we employ,
if they wish to declare that they have a disability. The figures are shown
below with a breakdown of council employees and those who work in the
Wallasey complex.

 

Total numbers of staff as at 25 November 2013 (excluding schools 4586
Council staff who have declared a disability as of January 2014 137
Council staff employed in the Wallasey complex who have declared a 14
disability as of January 2014

 

We do not, nor are we required to capture specific details about
wheelchair use. On employment, an assessment of any requirements that an
employee may require under reasonable adjustments would be carried out and
reviewed annually to ensure we are meeting the changing needs of the
individual. 

 

As a large employer and provider of services we are expected under the
Equality Duty to ensure that our buildings are accessible for wheelchair
users or any of their mobility requirements. This requirement is a legal
one irrespective of the number of staff we employ who use a wheelchair. At
any time an employee’s mobility may change, which is captured via
reasonable adjustment process and review.

 

I trust this further explanation is helpful.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sent on behalf of

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to
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involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

 

[1]Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,

Tracy,

Many thanks for your reply. However in view of your CEO`s and Leaders
radio interview with Roger Phillips on Radio Merseyside last week where
they justified expenditure of £850,000 on alterations to the Town hall
to make it compliant with the DDA to allow your disabled staff full
access to all areas of the Town Hall, I find it incredible that you are
unable to answer my FOI question. Additionally you state in your reply
"We do not collect this information; we collect information on self
disclosed disability." I am sorry but could you clarify this
statement....you either do collate the data or you do not. As a local
authority presumably you encourage local employers to engage people with
disabilities and therefore I find it hard to understand that you are
unable to advise me how many people you employ who are wheelchair users.
If you do not have such collated figures why do you request self
certified disability disclosures from prospective employees. Could you
kindly look at this matter again as I believe such figures are a matter
of utmost importance.

 

[2]Yours sincerely,

 

[3]Dave rimmer

 

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Dave rimmer left an annotation ()

Do we believe that thay are unaware of how many wheelchair users they employ? or is it more sinister.
I can only assume they are ashamed at the number of wheelchair users the do employ.
Scenario......Wallasey Town Hall ablaze, fire brigade turn up, Chief Fire Office asks "do you have any wheelchaair users that may be struggling to evacuate the building"......Town Hall staff, "havnt got a clue mate"....get my drift!
137 declared disabilities out of a workforce of 4586....2.9%. No wonder they dont want to colate figures.

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Hi Tracy.

I have just reviewed a WBC reply to a different FOI question and your answer was as follows

"Other equipment delivered was emergency evacuation equipment to assist disabled staff to evacuate the building in an emergency, at a cost of £3,357."

If you are unaware of how many wheelchair users you employ how are you able to order equipment to assist disabled staff to evacuate the building in an emergency. Presumably this "equipment" was to aid people who had difficulty in walking and wheelchair users so on the grounds that there appears to me to be a contradiction I request an internal review on the specific question "How many wheelchair users do the Council employ (excluding school employees)

Yours sincerely,

Dave rimmer

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Good Morning

Further to your email below, please see attachment as our response and I
hope you find the information of use.

Kind regards,

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

 

 

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