Oxford City Council Employees Furloughed Earning Greater than 30K

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Dear Oxford City Council,

Please supply answers to the following questions:

1. How many Oxford City Council employees earning more than 30K per year have been furloughed each month since March 2020. For each employee please list job title and furlough money received from the Government and topped up by Oxford City Council.

2. How many Oxford Direct Services employees earning more than 30K per year have been furloughed each month since March 2020. For each employee please list job title and furlough money received from the Government and topped up by Oxford City Council.

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Spencer

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Spencer,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 9946

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 8th March 2021 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

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Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer

Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr Spencer,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 9946
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on  8^th March 2021 as follows:
 
1.How many Oxford City Council employees earning more than 30K per year
have been furloughed each month since March 2020.  For each employee
please list job title and furlough money received from the Government and
topped up by Oxford City Council.
 
The table below provides details of total furlough payments by month for
employees earning more than £30K per year.
 
We have not provided the job title as it would breach confidentiality as
the individual could be identifiable. Please see exemption below.
 
 

Month Number Claim Total Total Employer Top Up
Apr-20 34 21315.66 23279.83
May-20 38 48710.70 62309.16
Jun-20 25 55069.24 64485.31
Jul-20 7 10015.75 11128.04
Aug-20 4 6450.41 8495.72
Sep-20 1 2187.50 3597.10
Oct-20 1 1875.00 1875.00

 
2. How many Oxford Direct Services employees earning more than 30K per
year have been furloughed each month since March 2020.  For each employee
please list job title and furlough money received from the Government and
topped up by Oxford City Council.
 
Please see attached spreadsheet.
 
We have not provided the job title as it would breach confidentiality as
the individual could be identifiable. Please see exemption below.
 
No funding has been contributed to Oxford Direct Services from Oxford City
Council because Oxford Direct Services (ODS) is a teckal company and
whilst wholly owned by Oxford City Council they are independently run.
To break this down further would require a significant amount of resource
time. Therefore, I am of the opinion, however, that retrieving the
information you require would exceed 18.5 working hours so consider
Section 12 of the FOIA to applies in this instance.
 
 
Section 40
Under s.1(1)(a) FOIA I can confirm the Council does hold the job title
details. However, I consider this to be personal information as the
individual could be identifiable.The Council has not received consent from
the person concerned to disclose their details. To release this
information would contravene the data protection principles contained in
the Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, I  consider that Sections 40 (2)
of the FOIA is engaged.  
 
This email constitutes a Refusal Notice under section 17 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and exemptions under section  40 (2) of the FOIA is
applied.
 
40- Personal information
 
(1)Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.
(2)Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if—
(a)it constitutes personal data which does not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b)the first, second or third condition below is satisfied.
 
3A) The first condition is that the disclosure of the information to a
member of the public otherwise than under this Act—

 a. would contravene any of the data protection principles, or
 b. would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection
Act 2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were
disregarded.

3B)The second condition is that the disclosure of the information to a
member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene
Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing: right to object to
processing).]
4A)The third condition is that—
(a)on a request under Article 15(1) of the GDPR (general processing: right
of access by the data subject) for access to personal data, the
information would be withheld in reliance on provision made by or under
section 15, 16 or 26 of, or Schedule 2, 3 or 4 to, the Data Protection Act
2018, or
(b)on a request under section 45(1)(b) of that Act (law enforcement
processing: right of access by the data subject), the information would be
withheld in reliance on subsection (4) of that section.
(5A) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information
which is (or if it
were held by the public authority would be) exempt information by virtue
of
subsection (1).
(5B) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to other
information if or to the
extent that any of the following applies—
(a) giving a member of the public the confirmation or denial that would
have to be
given to comply with section 1(1)(a)—
(i) would (apart from this Act) contravene any of the data protection
principles, or
(ii) would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data Protection
Act 2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities) were
disregarded;
(b) giving a member of the public the confirmation or denial that would
have to be
given to comply with section 1(1)(a) would (apart from this Act)
contravene
Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing: right to object to
processing);
(c) on a request under Article 15(1) of the GDPR (general processing:
right of
access by the data subject) for confirmation of whether personal data is
being
processed, the information would be withheld in reliance on a provision
listed
in subsection (4A)(a);
(d) on a request under section 45(1)(a) of the Data Protection Act 2018
(law
enforcement processing: right of access by the data subject), the
information
would be withheld in reliance on subsection (4) of that section.
(7) In this section—
"the data protection principles" means the principles set out in—
(a) Article 5(1) of the GDPR, and
(b) section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018;
"data subject" has the same meaning as in the Data Protection Act 2018
(see
section 3 of that Act);
"the GDPR", "personal data", "processing" and references to a provision of
Chapter 2 of Part 2 of the Data Protection Act 2018have the same meaning
as in
Parts 5 to 7 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (see section 3(2), (4), (10),
(11) and
(14) of that Act).
(8) In determining for the purposes of this section whether the lawfulness
principle in
Article 5(1)(a) of the GDPR would be contravened by the disclosure of
information,
Article 6(1) of the GDPR (lawfulness) is to be read as if the second
sub-paragraph
(disapplying the legitimate interests gateway in relation to public
authorities) were
omitted.
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford
City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.  After
the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask
the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this
by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 

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Dear Oxford City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxford City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Oxford City Council Employees Furloughed Earning Greater than 30K'.

The information is not presented in a clear and unambiguous format. It is difficult to determine from the way in which the data is presented if it refers to all Oxford City Council employees or those earning over 30K or Oxford City Council plus Oxford Direct Services?

A request was made for the funding of furloughed Oxford Direct Service employees in addition to the money received from the Government. The request was turned down for the reason: "To break this down further would require a significant amount of resource time". I do not believe that it would take a substantial amount of time to provide such data as It probably already exists in a spreadsheet. I would therefore ask for this request to be reconsidered.

full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Spencer

GRIFFITHS Emma, Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr Spencer,

 

I apologise for the delay in writing to you. I have been asked by the
Council’s Monitoring Officer to deal with your request for an Internal
Review in respect of your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, FOI 9946.

 

I am awaiting some details from colleagues before I can respond fully but
will be in touch once I have completed the Internal Review.

 

I hope that this information is helpful.

Kind regards,

Emma

 

Emma Griffiths | Lawyer | Law & Governance | Oxford City Council | St
Aldate's Chambers | St Aldate’s | Oxford OX1 1DS | DX 4309 Oxford 1 |
01865 252208 (POST POINT SAC 3.8)

 

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From: Kevin Spencer [[3]mailto:[FOI #734005 email]]

Sent: 30 March 2021 17:03

To: freedomofinformation

Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Oxford City
Council Employees Furloughed Earning Greater than 30K

 

Dear Oxford City Council,

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxford City Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Oxford City Council Employees Furloughed
Earning Greater than 30K'.

 

The information is not presented in a clear and unambiguous format. It is
difficult to determine from the way in which the data is presented if it
refers to all Oxford City Council employees or those earning over 30K or
Oxford City Council plus Oxford Direct Services?

 

A request was made for the funding of furloughed Oxford Direct Service
employees in addition to the money received from the Government.  The
request was turned down for the reason:  "To break this down further would
require a significant amount of resource time". I do not believe that it
would take a substantial amount of time to provide such data as It
probably already exists in a spreadsheet.  I would therefore ask for this
request to be reconsidered.

 

full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the
Internet at this address:
[4]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Kevin Spencer

 

 

 

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