Dear Department of Education (Northern Ireland),

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the current salary paid to each Special Adviser working in the Department of Education (Northern Ireland). I am aware of that the salary scale for these individual/s is published, but I am specifically requesting details of the actual salary.

I also request the point on the salary scale that each person was on when they were appointed to their role and if not appointed to the bottom point of the scale, the justifications provided for that.

Yours faithfully,

David Moore

Freedom of Information (DENI), Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Mr Moore

 

Thank you for your email requesting information regarding Special Advisors
Pay. Your request was received on 18 March 2014 and will be dealt with
under the terms of the above legislation. The leaflet enclosed tells you
about the legislation and the procedures which will be followed in
handling your request.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable but if that is the case, you
will be advised of the likely charges before proceeding. If you have any
queries about this email, please contact me. Please remember to quote the
above reference number above in any future communications.

 

Yours Sincerely

Business Support Team

 

Gray, Clare, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Please see attached response to your recent FOI request.

 

 

Clare

 

Clare Gray
Departmental HR, Department of Education
(Tel: (028)  91279654 (x 59654)
email: [1][email address].uk 

 

 

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Dear Department of Education (Northern Ireland),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Education (Northern Ireland)'s handling of my FOI request 'Special Advisers Pay'.

The information refused is refused on the grounds that it is personal information. I draw your attention to a recent decision of the First Tier Tribunal Appeals body (Appeal No: EA/2012/0250) which ruled that for the class of person, this information should be released.

I also draw your attention to the fact that this person's name is publicly available and advertised by your Department and that the salary band indicates that the person is in a position earning more than £50,000 per annum. The practice in the UK Government is to publish this information and I would need an explanation as to why this is not done in this instance by a junior body of government (http://data.gov.uk/dataset/special-advis.... I finally draw your attention to the fact that this is a politically appointed role, and that the public good would require this information being released.

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

Yours faithfully,

D Moore

Freedom of Information (DENI), Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Mr Moore

 

Request for Internal Review

 

I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 25^th March 2014 requesting an
Internal Review on the response you received to your FOI request dated
18^th March 2014 (Ref: DE/2014-0052).

 

It is intended to make contact with you as soon as possible once the
Internal Review is completed.  The Department will aim to respond within
20 working days from receipt of your request for an Internal Review.

 

Regards

Business Support Team

 

Murray, Barbara, Department of Education (Northern Ireland)

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Please find attached response from Paul McAlister, Internal Reviewer, DE
to your request.

 

Regards

 

Barbara Murray
PS/P McAlister

Ph: 028 9127 9698
Ext 59698

 

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