Dear Information Commissioner's Office,
On 29 April 2020 the PACAC Chair, William Wragg, wrote to Rob Behrens in the following terms (extract):
'The Ombudsman's salary was incorrectly excluded from the Main Estimate, resulting in an additional £196k being requested in the Supplementary Estimate. What checks are you putting in place to ensure that this error does not reoccur?'
In a letter dated 5 April 2020 (I think this should be May) Ombudsman Rob Behrens responded (extract):
'In relation to your query regarding why the Ombudsman's salary had been erroneously excluded from the Main Estimates, this was an error within HM Treasury during the CSR2015 settlement for PHSO. As a result, we have followed advice from HM Treasury to include this within the annual Supplementary Estimates until the next Comprehensive Spending Review.
Consequently, 2019/20 is the last year that this adjustment was necessary, and this amount was properly included within the 2020/21 Main Estimates. We have strengthened our working arrangements with HM Treasury to ensure this is not repeated.'
1. Please provide all information you hold regarding the error. If an investigation was carried out into the error, please provide the information contained in any document produced.
2. If the matter was considered by any PHSO committee or board, please provide copies of the minutes.
3. Please provide all information communicated to the Treasury regarding the error.
4. Please specify the financial years that the error went undetected and also the total sum involved.
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