PHSO Staff benefits

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Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,

1. Please provide annual (2014/15) figures for PHSO Employer contribution to staff gym membership.

2. Please provide the annual (2014/15) amount that the PHSO on-site café is subsidised for staff London Millbank (presumably by the tax payer).

3. i)Please provide the name of the business (PHSO) the "Employee assistance provider" for staff and their family members and the annual cost of this contract.
ii) Annual numbers who are referred by their supervisor / or voluntarily use this service

4. Annual (2014/15) cost of Free flu vaccinations and eye tests for staff

5. Please provide the criteria for (re: staff pay) performance related rewards - AND details of what these rewards are exactly..

Yours faithfully,
[name removed] [name removed]

foiofficer@ombudsman.org.uk, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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foiofficer, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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Dear Ms [name removed]

 

Your information request: FDN 215536

 

I write in response to your information request dated 23 February 2015.

 

A list of the benefits PHSO offer to our members of staff is available on
our website at:
[1]www.ombudsman.org.uk/about-us/work-for-us/what-we-offer.

 

I have responded to your questions below:

 

1. Please provide annual (2014/15) figures for PHSO Employer contribution
to staff gym membership.

 

As part of our staff benefits, we offer employees a £10 per month gym
subsidy.

 

The terms and conditions of this benefit require the employee to be a
member of a recognised gymnasium and to have paid/pay a regular
subscription for this membership. The employee is also required to provide
evidence of their gym membership and payment of it. They must be also be
prepared to produce evidence of continuing membership and payment upon
request, and must advise Payroll immediately if the membership lapses.

 

The subsidy is taxable as a benefit in kind, however PHSO pays this
liability and the employee is not expected to declare this benefit on
their tax return. I can confirm that in 2014/15 74 members of staff were
in receipt of this benefit.  The total cost which includes the tax paid by
PHSO was £8,800.

 

2. Please provide the annual (2014/15) amount that the PHSO on-site café
is subsidised for staff London Millbank (presumably by the tax payer).

 

As part of our staff benefits package, we have a subsidised on-site café
at our London office at Millbank Tower, which is operated by contracted
caterers Elior. The total subsidy for 2014/15 is £62,980 including VAT.

 

3. i)Please provide the name of the business (PHSO) the "Employee
assistance provider" for staff and their family members and the annual
cost of this contract.

ii) Annual numbers who are referred by their supervisor / or voluntarily
use this service

 

PHSO’s employee assistance programme is provided by Workplace Options.
They provide free, confidential and independent advice and assistance to
help staff balance their work, family and personal life. In 2014/15 (to
date) there have been 18 referrals to this service. The annual cost of
this contract is £3,657 (excluding VAT).

 

4. Annual (2014/15) cost of Free flu vaccinations and eye tests for staff

 

Staff can claim back the cost of flu vaccinations and eye tests. In
2014/15 (to date) claims for eye tests and flu vaccinations are £717.81.

 

5. Please provide the criteria for (re: staff pay) performance related
rewards - AND details of what these rewards are exactly.

 

Since 2011/12, PHSO has operated a pay freeze and no performance awards
have been paid in the interim. We are currently reviewing and developing
our approach to performance related awards.

 

I hope this information is helpful.

 

Kind regards

 

Rebecca Gadsdon

FOI/DP Officer

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

T: 0300 061 1516

E: [2][email address]

W: [3]www.ombudsman.org.uk

 

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[name removed] (Account suspended)

Dear foiofficer,
Thanks Rebecca,

Can you go back to question 5 as it is only partially answered?

5. Please provide the criteria for (re: staff pay) performance related
rewards - AND details of what these rewards are exactly -

PRE 2011/12 ?

Thank you
Yours sincerely,

[name removed] [name removed]

foiofficer@ombudsman.org.uk, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman


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