Senior Salaries

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Dear Cleveland Police,
Senior staff salaries

Please could you provide

1. The number of staff you employed in November 2011 who were paid more than £70000 PA
2. The number of staff you employed in November 2011 who were paid more than £50000 PA
3. The total number of staff you employed in November 2011
4. The total annual salary bill for the staff identified in 3. above.
5. The names , positions and salaries of all senior staff paid over £70000 pa ( to the nearest £5000) For all currently employed staff
6. The names, positions and salaries of all senior staff paid over £70000 pa ( to the nearest £5000) who have left your organisation within the last 3 years
7. For all the staff identified in 6. Above – please sate the amount of any redundancy payments, strain on pension fund payments or other payments made when they left.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Hall

Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Hall,
Enquiry Ref : 2011/3621

I write in connection with your request for information dated 01 December 2011 concerning Cleveland Staff salaries

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in providing a response to your request I can only apologise for our failure to respond in a timely manner caused due to internal resourcing difficulties in the departments who were asked to provide the information and whilst I appreciate that this is not your problem your patience is appreciated.
Below are your questions raised and the answers I am able to provide;

1. The number of staff you employed in November 2011 who were paid more than £70000 PA = 18staff

2. The number of staff you employed in November 2011 who were paid more than £50000 PA = 97 (including those inQ1)

3. The total number of staff you employed in November 2011 = 2,022

4. The total annual salary bill for the staff identified in 3 above = £66,809,395.33

5. The names, positions and salaries of all senior staff paid over £70000 pa (to the nearest £5000) for all currently employed staff.
I am able to provide you with the Rank/Job title and salary band width for employees who have a salary of over £70,000 pa that is 5 Superintendents on salary band £70,014 - £75909 pa, 3 Chief Superintendent's salary band £74,394 - £78,636 and 2 Executive level police staff on negotiated salaries between £70,000 and £125,000.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, information that is disclosed is released to the world and not just to the individual applicant. As such, disclosure, if information were to be held would breach the Data Protection Act 1998 first principle "fairly and lawfully processed" on that basis to consider the public interest case for conformation or denial of such information existing, in this instance, I can not conceive how the greater good of the public can be served by considering breaching a Data Protection Act principle and on this basis Cleveland Police would not wish to confirm or deny to the public at large whether an investigation has taken place or is taking place or what information if any, is held in relation to an individual.

By way of explanation to you I would point out the following: Under subsection 2 of Section 40 of The Freedom of Information Act, information is exempt information if it constitutes personal information of which the applicant is not the data subject. In order to be considered exempt personal information, the information must satisfy one of two conditions. It must either be information which would be exempt from disclosure to the data subject under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, or disclosure of the information would contravene any of the Data Protection Principles or cause damage or distress to the data subject.

On this occasion the information requested - The names of individuals and their actual salary - is clearly personal information and would contravene the first principle of the data Protection Act 1998 - fair and lawful processing , what are the likely expectations of the data subjects, in that would they expect the Cleveland Police to release their personal details to the world, since release of information under The Freedom of Information Act 2000, is release to the world at large and not just to the individual applicant and as such I believe to do so would amount to unfair processing and hence therefore is exempt under Sections 40(2)(a), 40(3)(a)(i), and 40(3)(b).

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a class based and absolute exemption. This indicates that the legislators when writing this piece of legislation considered that the release of this type of information would cause harm to either the authority or the individuals involved.

6. The names, positions and salaries of all senior staff paid over £70000 pa (to the nearest £5000) who have left your organisation within the last 3 years
I am able to provide you with the Rank/Job Title and salary band width for employees who had a salary of over £70,000 prior to leaving Cleveland Police that is 4 Superintendents on salary band £70,014 - £75909 pa, 3 Chief Superintendents salary band £74,394 - £78,636. and 2 executive level police staff on negotiated salaries of between £70,000 and £125,000.
By way of explanation to you I would point out the following: Under subsection 2 of Section 40 of The Freedom of Information Act, information is exempt information if it constitutes personal information of which the applicant is not the data subject. In order to be considered exempt personal information, the information must satisfy one of two conditions. It must either be information which would be exempt from disclosure to the data subject under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, or disclosure of the information would contravene any of the Data Protection Principles or cause damage or distress to the data subject.

On this occasion the information requested - The names of individuals and their actual salary - is clearly personal information and would contravene the first principle of the data Protection Act 1998 - fair and lawful processing , what are the likely expectations of the data subjects, in that would they expect the Cleveland Police to release their personal details to the world, since release of information under The Freedom of Information Act 2000, is release to the world at large and not just to the individual applicant and as such I believe to do so would amount to unfair processing and hence therefore is exempt under Sections 40(2)(a), 40(3)(a)(i), and 40(3)(b).

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a class based and absolute exemption. This indicates that the legislators when writing this piece of legislation considered that the release of this type of information would cause harm to either the authority or the individuals involved.

7. for all the staff identified in 6. Above - please sate the amount of any redundancy payments, strain on pension fund payments or other payments made when they left.

I am able to provide you with the following information:
A total of 7 Police Officers and 2 Police staff have left the Cleveland Police service all but one with pension lump sums. 3 Chief Superintendents with lump sums of £225,517.65, £153,018.00 and £241,133.37 and 4 Superintendents with pension lump sums of £243,755.53, £232,255.40, £216,748.40 and £266,628.00 and 1 executive police staff with a pension lump sum payment of £131,328.67 and one with a nil pension lump sum payment.
By way of explanation to you I would point out the following: Under subsection 2 of Section 40 of The Freedom of Information Act, information is exempt information if it constitutes personal information of which the applicant is not the data subject. In order to be considered exempt personal information, the information must satisfy one of two conditions. It must either be information which would be exempt from disclosure to the data subject under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, or disclosure of the information would contravene any of the Data Protection Principles or cause damage or distress to the data subject.

On this occasion the information requested - The names of individuals and their actual salary - is clearly personal information and would contravene the first principle of the data Protection Act 1998 - fair and lawful processing , what are the likely expectations of the data subjects, in that would they expect the Cleveland Police to release their personal details to the world, since release of information under The Freedom of Information Act 2000, is release to the world at large and not just to the individual applicant and as such I believe to do so would amount to unfair processing and hence therefore is exempt under Sections 40(2)(a), 40(3)(a)(i), and 40(3)(b).

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a class based and absolute exemption. This indicates that the legislators when writing this piece of legislation considered that the release of this type of information would cause harm to either the authority or the individuals involved.

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If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. A.W. McDougall
Freedom Of Information
Cleveland Police Headquarters,
Ladgate Lane
Middlesbrough

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