Name of Returning Officer and any other roles

J Tattan made this Freedom of Information request to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

We are doing research into council / authority employment positions.

To this end, could we please request your assistance in obtaining the information below, for your council / authority, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
Data request:

1. Please provide the full name of the person employed by the Council/Authority as the Returning Officer.

2. Please provide the full name(s) of any person(s) employed by the Council/Authority as Deputy Returning Officer(s)

3. Please provide full information of salaries attached to these roles.

4. Please provide details of any and all roles these people/person(s) may also be employed in by the Council/Authority.

If actual figures aren’t available, is it possible to provide estimates instead? If yes, we would be grateful if you could indicate which figures are estimated.

Format: Please send through data in whichever format is easiest for you.

Clarification: If the request is unclear, please accept my apologies and let me know what clarification is needed.

Similarly if it is not possible to provide the information requested due to it exceeding the cost of compliance limits, we would be grateful if you could advise as to how we might refine our request accordingly.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response.
Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

J Tattan

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/ Madam

I acknowledge with thanks your request for information; this request has been considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As such, your request may take up to 20 working days to be processed and has been passed on to an appropriate officer.

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with the provisions of that Act.

Should you have any queries, please contact: [Oldham Council request email]

Yours faithfully,

Information Management Team
Corporate & Commercial Services
Oldham Council
Level 11
Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham   OL1 1UL

E mail: [email address]

*Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL
Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King Street (2 – 3 mins walk)

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Julie Bruce, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear J Tattan


Thank you for your recent request for information.


With reference to your request, I would like to draw your attention to the
distinction between the roles of the local authority and those of the
Returning Officer.


The role of the Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officers is
separate from that of the Chief Executive and officers of the local
authority and the responsibilities and duties associated with the former
roles are personal to the post holders. A list of public bodies and local
authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act is available at the following website:


As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person
appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (or related
electoral legislation). It therefore follows that the (Acting) Returning
Officer or any other person appointed under the 1983 Act (or related
electoral legislation) such as the Counting Officer, are not subject to
the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. I am therefore unable to
assist you with your request.



The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:


Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane





Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future






Julie Bruce



Julie A. Bruce

Head of Elections and Land Charges

Room 222 Elections Office

Civic Centre

West Street



Tel: 0161 770 4712


[email address]



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