Dear Sedgemoor District Council,
Under the Freedom Of Information Act I would like to request the following data:
- The annual council spending on Employee Assistance Programmes, meaning the amount of money spent by the council each year on employee assistance progreammes for their employees for 2018 and 2019.
Thank you for your request for information about Employee Assistance Programmes. Your request was received on 3rd August 2020 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations.
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.
As I’m sure you will appreciate, the Council is facing unprecedented challenge during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst we will endeavour to respond to your request within the statutory timescales, we may have to prioritise other areas with the result that you may experience unavoidable delay. In this respect we would like to refer you to the following statement from the Information Commissioner’s Office set out below:
FOI and the coronavirus: a measured approach
The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In particular we understand that resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. Whilst we can’t extend statutory timescales, we will not be penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting their usual approach during this extraordinary period.
To further support our information rights colleagues, we will tell people through our own communications channels that they may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.
We are a reasonable and pragmatic regulator, one that does not operate in isolation from matters of serious public concern. Regarding compliance with information rights work when assessing a complaint brought to us during this period, we will take into account the compelling public interest in the current health emergency.
We are here to help you, information is available on our website or via our helpline on 0303 123 1113.
If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.
Chartered Legal Executive Apprentice
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