Lauren A. Smithson

Dear Staffordshire County 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.

Yours faithfully,

Lauren Smithson

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lauren Smithson,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 03/08/2020.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 

**Coronavirus (COVID-19)**

During the current situation we will try to meet the statutory deadlines
for processing access to information requests. However, it is likely that
resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from
access to information work to deal with priority public services.

Please be patient if you experience delays when making information rights
requests during the pandemic. Where practicable, we will try to notify you
if there is likely to be a delay in being able to provide the information
you have requested.

 
If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us.
Please remember to quote the case reference number above in any future
communications.
Yours sincerely,
 
Access Team

Access Information, Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lauren Smithson

Thank you for your request for information held by Staffordshire County Council.

The service area(s) that may hold relevant information have asked for the following clarification to help us process your request –

"Could you clarify what you consider to be part of an Employee Assistance Programme please"

Please send your clarification to [email address]

The Freedom of Information Act requires us to deal with requests within 20 working days. However, we are not required to include time waiting for clarification of a request. We will continue to process your request as soon as we receive clarification that enables us to do so.

If we do not receive clarification within 20 working days we will cancel your request.

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance. Send your comment or complaint to:

Access Manager, Information Governance Unit, Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [email address]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards

Denise McNally-Cyples

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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Lauren A. Smithson

Dear Access Information,

An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is an employer funded benefit that offers employees confidential counselling and advice on a wide range of work and personal issues.

Yours sincerely,

Lauren A. Smithson

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Lauren Smithson

Thank you for your request for information.

Please find information provided by the relevant service team(s) below.

"We do not offer an EAP as such but our well-being strategy does include a number of strands that fall within the scope of this request; they are currently budgeted at £214k per year."

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance.  Send your comment or complaint to:

Access Manager, Access Team, Staffordshire County Council, 2 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [email address]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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