Oxford City Council + Oxford Direct Services - Furlough of staff March 2020 to May 2021

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Dear Oxford City Council,

1. Please list on a monthly basis the number of Oxford City Council employees furloughed between March 2020 and May 2021. In addition please list on a monthly basis the number of employees furloughed in each department or location.

2. Please give details of money received from the Government on a monthly basis for furloughed Oxford City Council employees and additional top up of salary provided by Oxford City Council.

3. Please list on a monthly basis the number of Oxford Direct Services employees furloughed between March 2020 and May 2021. In addition please list on a monthly basis the number of employees furloughed in each department eg, Waste & Recycling, Civil Engineering, Property Maintenance etc.

4. Please give details of money received from the Government on a monthly basis for furloughed Oxford Direct Services employees and additional top up of salary provided by Oxford Direct Services.

Yours faithfully,

Pat Mastelotto

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Pat Mastelotto,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 10152

Thank you for your email. Your request was received on 1st June 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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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 Pat Mastelotto,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 10152
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 1st June 2021 as follows:
 
1. Please list on a monthly basis the number of Oxford City Council
employees furloughed between March 2020 and May 2021. In addition please
list on a monthly basis the number of employees furloughed in each
department or location.
 
Please see the attached spreadsheet. Oxford City Council did not have any
employees on Furlough in May.
 
2. Please give details of money received from the Government on a monthly
basis for furloughed Oxford City Council employees and additional top up
of salary provided by Oxford City Council.
 
Information previously supplied to you in FOI 10053 response for March
2020- March 2021 for Oxford City Council.
 
April 2021 figures below:
 

Month Claim Amount No of Employees Salary Top Up cost

 
Apr-21        2,448.59               3              714.17
 
 
Oxford City Council did not have any employees on Furlough in May.
 
3.   Please list on a monthly basis the number of Oxford Direct Services
employees furloughed between March 2020 and May 2021. In addition please
list on a monthly basis the number of employees furloughed in each
department eg, Waste & Recycling, Civil Engineering, Property Maintenance
etc.
 
 
Information previously supplied to you in FOI 10134 response for March
2020- March 2021 for Oxford Direct Services (ODS)
 
Oxford Direct Services did not have any employees on Furlough in May.
 
4. Please give details of money received from the Government on a monthly
basis for furloughed Oxford Direct Services  employees and additional top
up of salary provided by Oxford Direct Services.
 
Please see the attached spreadsheet
 
There was no May claim. I should point out that these numbers have
somewhat moved versus the ones previously supplied. This is due to the
fact that we had to rework all claims as during our year end due diligence
we realised that we had used the wrong “reference salary” to calculate the
claim amount and also repaid some claims for people who were off sick as
well as furloughed.
 
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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 – [1][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: [2][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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