SCS tax avoidance

Glynn Freeman made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Education

The request was refused by Department for Education.

From: Glynn Freeman

16 February 2012

Dear Department for Education,

In light of the discovery that 25 Senior Civil Servants at the
Department for Health were paid via limited companies to avoid
paying higher taxes at source, please provide the following
details:

1. Whether any SCS grade staff, other than interims or consultants
engaged via an agency, have been paid by any other means than
shared services payroll in the years 2006 - 2012;

2. If so how many, their grades, and the sum each one invoiced the
department during this period;

3. The names and registration numbers of the limited companies that
invoiced the Department.

Yours faithfully,

Glynn Freeman

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Department for Education

17 February 2012

Dear Mr Freeman

Thank you for your recent email. A reply will be sent to you as soon as
possible. For information, the departmental standard for correspondence
received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you
are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number
2012/0011531.

Thank you
Department for Education
Public Communications Unit
Tel: 0370 000 2288
www.education.gov.uk

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From: Glynn Freeman

15 March 2012

Dear Department for Education,

A reply to this request under the Freedom of Information Act was
due today. I should be grateful for a response.

Yours faithfully,

Glynn Freeman

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From: Glynn Freeman

23 March 2012

Dear Department for Education,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for
Education's handling of my FOI request 'SCS tax avoidance'.

A substantive response was due on the 15th March, and as yet it has
not been forethcoming in spite of a reminder being sent on the day.
I should be grateful if you would advise as to when I can expect
the information I have requested to be provided.

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

Yours faithfully,

Glynn Freeman

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Department for Education

1 June 2012

Dear Mr Freeman,
 

Thank you for your email in which you asked for the following information:

     In light of the discovery that 25 Senior Civil Servants at the
     Department for Health were paid via limited companies to avoid
     paying higher taxes at source, please provide the following
     details:
    
     1. Whether any SCS grade staff, other than interims or consultants
     engaged via an agency, have been paid by any other means than
     shared services payroll in the years 2006 - 2012;
    
     2. If so how many, their grades, and the sum each one invoiced the
     department during this period;
    
     3. The names and registration numbers of the limited companies that
     invoiced the Department.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Please note that the
information requested covers the Department for Education (and its predecessor, the Department for
Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).)

Information covering parts of your request is available on the Department’s website at:

[1]http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/dep...

Further information is not held centrally and it is estimated that the cost of identifying the
information would exceed the cost threshold applicable to central Government.  This is £600 and
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3½ working days in identifying, locating and
collating the information.

Under section 12 of the Act, the Department is therefore not obliged to comply with your request and
will not be processing it further.

I have considered ways in which your request might be narrowed or limited in order to reduce the cost
of complying with it.  However, due to the way in which the Department is structured and the
information is held, I do not consider that the Department would be able to provide the information you
have requested without exceeding the cost limit.

I would like to offer my apologies for the delay in responding. The Department takes very seriously its
obligations under the Act, including the requirement to respond within the statutory deadline of 20
working days. I am afraid that we have not been able to maintain this standard in this instance and I
am very sorry for the inconvenience which it may have caused you.

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to
quote the reference number below in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the
Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will
be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original consideration of
your request.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact the
Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

 
Yours sincerely,

Bev Davis
People and Change Group
[email address]
[2]www.education.gov.uk

Your correspondence has been allocated the reference number 2012/0011531.

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