Pension Costs

Sarah Wilmcote made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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The request was refused by Essex Police.

Dear Essex Police,

I understand that in the second half of 2016 someone in Essex Police conducted a survey of all forces in England and Wales concerning the cost of police pensions.

Replies were received from 22 forces.

Kate Formstone, Staff Officer to Ian Cosh, who is Director of Resources at Lancashire Police, and Deputy Chair of the North West Regional Police Pension Board, contacted Essex to enquire what had resulted from the survey.

I believe that Essex Police may hold information concerning the above survey, and I would like to be provided with a copy of any and all information held which references the survey.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Wilmcote

Data FOI Essex,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days.  The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit.  However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature. 

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part. The exemption at s14 may be engaged
if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple requests on
differing subjects

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for
providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have
produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests.  Further
information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at
[1]www.ico.gov.uk specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at:
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While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s
advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your
request. Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be
able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available
from Essex Police.

 

FOI department - Information Management | Continuous Improvement

Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150030
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: [3]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Continuous Improvement, Essex Police Headquarters,
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

You should have provided a substantive response to my request for information by the 24th April.

Will you please let me know what is happening, and why you have not complied?

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Wilmcote

Data FOI Essex,

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Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOI
request 11351.

 

This unit has had a substantial increase in FOI requests which has
resulted in a delay in the service we provide.

 

We have made enquiries and will reply to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Kind regards

 

Jessica Casey

Information Officer

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Continuous Improvement

Essex Police Headquarters

External Tel: 101 ext 150030

E-Mail:[email address]

Fax: 01245 452256 (int: 150045)

Non Emergency Telephone Number: 101 

 

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Data FOI Essex,

For Attn. Of Jessica Casey

Sarah, whilst I appreciate and have sympathy for the fact that you may be under pressure from the volume of FOIA requests at present, I must point out that the substantive response to my request is now long overdue.

Unfortunately, this puts Essex Police in breach of the Data Protection Act and GDPR. Can you therefore please expedite providing the information I have requested, or I shall reluctantly have to ask for an internal review, which will only create more work and pressure for you.

In the circumstances I ask that you provide a substantive response within five working days from 10th June.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Wilmcote

Data FOI Essex,

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Essex Police is currently dealing with an unprecedented increase in
requests for information under the Data Protection Act (Subject Access),
the Freedom of Information Act, and from Family Courts. The force is
working hard to develop longer-term solutions to keep pace with that
demand, but while we await those solutions to come in to effect it is
likely that some of our responses to information requests will not be as
swift as we and our requestors would like. Our focus will always be
protecting our public and the most vulnerable within our community, and
therefore, requests that fall into this category will be prioritised.

 

We apologise for any delays that you may experience in our responses to
you, and please be reassured that we are working very hard to reduce
delays in responses.

 

I can confirm that we have started our enquiries into your request and I
will chase your request on your behalf today.

 

Essex Police thank you for your patience in this matter.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Information Rights Team

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate

E-Mail:[email address]

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

I have been unable to follow up on my request to you until now due to illness.

It seems that there has been no progress and you have still not provided a substantive response to my request.

Will you please look into this and advise me as to when I can expect your substantive response.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Wilmcote

Data FOI Essex,

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Thank you for your patience in regard to your initial request. We must
firstly apologise for the lack of updates from this department.  As a
result of resourcing and increased workload, the level of service provided
has been below what is expected. Plans have been put into place, and now
with significant resources dedicated to the department any outstanding FOI
request are now being reviewed and responded. Please rest assured that the
level of service from this department is our priority and once again
please accept our apologies for the delay you have experienced.

 

In respect of your request, Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions
apply, the first duty at Section 1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the
information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Section
1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held.
Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 of FOIA requires that we
provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b)
specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states (if that would not
otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies

 

Kate Formstone, Staff Officer to Ian Cosh, who is Director of Resources at
Lancashire Police, and Deputy Chair of the North West Regional Police
Pension Board, contacted Essex to enquire what had resulted from the
survey.

 

I believe that Essex Police may hold information concerning the above
survey, and I would like to be provided with a copy of any and all
information held which references the survey.

 

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police and in respect of Section
1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to pensions and your
request, however the obligation under Section 1 1(b) cannot be met as
Essex Police can neither confirm or deny that it holds any other
information relating to the results of the survey as the exemption Section
43 Commercial interest applies.

 

Section 43 (2) states that information is exempt if its disclosure under
this Act would, or would likely to, prejudice commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it). Consideration has been
given to the likelihood that the release of this information would
prejudice commercial interests..

Commercial Interests are as follows:

43 Commercial interests

(1) Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.

(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
the interests mentioned in subsection (2).

 

No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have
requested does or does not exist.

 

To meet our duty to assist under Section 16 of the FOI, please see the
following link which provides published details including minutes which
you may find of interest.
[1]https://www.essex.police.uk/about-us/equ...

 

Thank you for your interest in Essex Police

Kind regards,

 

 

 

Information Rights Team

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate

E-Mail:[email address]

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Please note, if you require further information or wish to resubmit a
request please refer to the information found on the Commissioner’s
website regarding submission of effective requests
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otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request you have the right
to complain.

 

Complaints should be submitted within 20 working days from the date of
this response and should be addressed to the Senior Information Officer at
the above address or by email to:  [4][Essex Police request email]

 

We will conduct a review to investigate your complaint and endeavour to
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Please explain which aspect of the reply you are not satisfied with, and
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assist the review if you would outline why you believe the exemption does
not apply.

           

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Commissioner. Before considering your complaint, the Information
Commissioner would normally expect you to have exhausted the complaints
procedures provided by Essex Police

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
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