Police Injury Pensions

The request was successful.

Dear West Midlands Police,

Thank you for your most helpful response to my earlier request for information regarding the National Attendance Management Forum.

I have reviewed the information and this has led me to beg your indulgence and to make a new request that arises from the minutes of a meeting of the Forum held on 13/01/04.

That minute states: 'It was agreed that Forces would send Chris Rowson an outline of how they[y] are dealing with officers in receipt of an injury award when they reach the age of 55/65.'

I understand that Chris Rowson was then an employee of West Midlands Police. He may still be employed, as Corporate Personnel Services Manager.

I would like a copy of any and all of the 'outlines' that are mentioned in the minutes as to be sent to Chris Rowson. I would also like a copy of any analysis, collation, report, memorandum, note or any other document that resulted from or referred to these outlines. I am also requesting a copy of any communication resulting from these outlines that may have been provided to the Home Office or to any representative of the Home Office.

As this is necessarily a wide remit, I ask that you include rather than exclude and ask that you note that 'document' should be taken to mean any form of data, including digital media such as email.

Should this request need any clarification please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Ms. N. McCall

Dear Ms McCall

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request for information, received 6 April 2009
concerning copy of outlines,analysis etc. regarding Police Injury
Pensions .

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by the Act, subject
to the application of any statutory exemptions. Where consideration is
being given to the application of any exemptions the 20 working day
timescale may be extended under the terms of the Act to a period
considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of your
request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a revised
time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with
your request at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information requested, where the request exceeds the statutory limit.
In such cases you will be informed in writing and the 20 working day
timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you or your
request is modified and /or reduced. If you chose not to make full payment
or modify your request then the request will remain unanswered.

Your request may require either full or partial transfer to another public
authority. You will be informed if your request is transferred.

Yours sincerely

Tom Hornshaw
FOI Unit, Administrative Assistant
Corporate Services Department
Email: [email address]
Internal: 7800 2070
External: 0845 113 5000 ext 7800 2070

Our vision: To reduce crime and make people feel safer

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Ms. N. McCall left an annotation ()

If you are a former officer on an injury pension and would like to make contact with an email-based self help group of others then send a message to Eddie at whatsyourforcedoing[AT]yahoo.co.uk Be sure to mention the whatdotheyknow web site.

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Dear Ms. N. McCall

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request for information received 06 April 2009.

We have received another FOI request from the 'what do they know' website
which is linked to your previous request and asks for related information.

As you may be aware there is a cost limit (the "appropriate level") which
supplies the framework within which we are legally required to respond.
The appropriate level refers to the cost of locating, extracting and
retrieving the information requested and is stated in the Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. For West
Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

See 'Using the Fess Regulations' on the ICO website:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

As you will see the costs relating to previous requests from the same
requester, such as the two previously answered by ourselves, can be
aggregated if they are received within the same three month period.
Similarly requests for the same or similar information from a group of
individuals who appear to be acting together can be aggregated.

Therefore, one of the three exceptions to the 'applicant blind' nature of
FOI requests is the aggregation of costs under the above fees regulations.
See ICO Guidance Note No 6:

Good Practice Guidance No. 6

http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

In this respect I would be obliged if you could provide me with the
identification as outlined below, so that I can be sure that we are fully
complying with the legislation.

In order to provide evidence of your identity and address could you please
send copies of at least two official documents which between them provide
sufficient information to prove your name, date of birth, current address
and signature. These should be sent to:

Freedom of Information Unit

West Midlands Police

PO Box 52

Colmore Circus Queensway

Birmingham

B4 6NQ

I would also be obliged if you could let me know the reason for your
request. However, although the reason would be helpful to me, I should
point out that there is no obligation for you to provide me with this
information.

I would like to provide you with what information we hold in respect of
your request and if you supply the requested information then I am sure we
will be able to do so. In the light of the necessarily wide remit covering
your current request (as you put it) I am sure that you can see that this
is reasonable.

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Unit

West Midlands Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections
1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner*s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Midlands
Police Headquarters, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4
6NQ.

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Thank you for your message. I apologise for the delay in responding.

You seem to be asking if I have made another request under a pseudonym or am using a pseudonym for my request.

This is not the case. I am aware that another individual has made a similar request. Following your message to each of us that individual has been in touch with me and we have conferred over our response to you.

I have used my real name in making my request, and have provided a valid address, in the form of an email address. You will know that this fully complies with the advice issued by the Information Commissioner and with the requirements of the Act.

Therefore, I am not going to provide you with any further personal identification. Your request oversteps the boundaries and is in danger of being regarded as an attempt to avoid fulfilling your obligations.

The Information Commissioner advises: 'We recognise that it may be difficult for a public authority to be certain that a pseudonym has been used by an applicant. A relatively low-key approach is recommended and public authorities should not seek proof of the applicant’s identity as a matter of course. In accordance with the spirit and purpose of the FOIA, the default position of a public authority should be to accept the name provided by the applicant unless there is good reason to enquire further about the applicant’s name.'

For similar reasons I see no value in providing you with my reason for making the request for information. The Act requires you to be helpful to the enquirer, not the other way round. I feel that my obligations to be helpful start and end by providing you with a clear and concise request for information. However, I am prepared to tell you that there are over 13,000 people with a very direct interest in the way police injury pensions have been managed of late so it is not in the least surprising that you have received two similar requests.

You can therefore be assured that I am an individual, not acting in concert with any other person and require the information for straightforward, non-vexatious reasons.

I trust that this has settled your mind and will allow you to provide a response. I also trust that this matter can be finalised without the need for me to refer it to the Information Commissioner. I ask only that you bear in mind the spirit and intention of the Act and direct your activites accordingly.

As a concession, and to ease your workload, I am prepared to suspend my request pending sight of the response that you provide to the researcher named as Peter. I will be perfectly happy to obtain the information I require by reading the publicly available response that I am sure you will eventually supply to him. Once I am satisfied that I have the requested information I will withdraw my request.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. N. McCall

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Dear Ms. N. McCall

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your correspondence received 17 June 2009.

There is no provision under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
for you to *suspend* your FOI request. Therefore we will treat your email
as a withdrawal of this request.

You can of course re-submit your request at a future date.

If you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to
contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Unit

West Midlands Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections
1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information
will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright
owner*s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached
information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Midlands
Police Headquarters, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham, B4
6NQ.

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Ms. N. McCall left an annotation ()

I have tagged this request as successful, though clearly it was not, as that seemed to be the only sensible option.
Another researcher is asking for similar information and anyone who is following this thread should be able to see what results.
N. McCall