Why are staff furloughed

Jimmy Gibbons made this Freedom of Information request to Oxford City Council

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Dear Oxford City Council,

A previous FOI request has shown that Oxford City Council staff earning in excess of 50K per year were furloughed.

On what grounds were these senior employees furloughed and why would they not be requested or able to work from home?

Yours faithfully,

Jimmy Gibbons

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Gibbons,

Your question is not a valid request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is asking for an opinion/explanation not for recorded information held by the Council.

Kind regards

Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer

Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

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Dear freedomofinformation,

Hello,

Could you suggest who I might contact within the Council for a written explanation as to why staff earning in excess of 50K were furloughed rather than requested to work from home?

Yours sincerely,

Jimmy Gibbons

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Gibbons,
 
There is not really anyone person that can be contacted about this.  The
reason that people were furloughed varies and was reviewed on each
individual’s case.  The reasons were because the work could not be carried
out at home or remotely, or there was no work generated due to Covid
restrictions.
 
Kind regards
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 

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Dear freedomofinformation,

I would like details as to how the decision to furlough staff was made? What departments and what managers signed off on the decision.

It seems that Oxford City Council has abused the scheme and not made use of it in the spirit as intended.

Many other local authorities had zero staff furloughed throughout the pandemic and their employees continues to work and help the public. Why was Oxford City Council and ODS so different?

Yours sincerely,

Jimmy Gibbons

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Ask for a internal review as HR should have this information.

Or if you live in Oxford contract your local councilor.

Dear Oxford City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Oxford City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Why are staff furloughed'.

I believe that the Council has answers to the questions that I have I have put forward.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jimmy Gibbons

GRIFFITHS Emma, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Gibbons,

The Council's Monitoring Officer, Susan Sale, has asked me to write to you in response to your request for an Internal Review into your request for information about furloughed staff.

As my colleague Kathryn Winfield has pointed out the Council is not able to treat your request as a Freedom of Information Act 2000 request since it is it is asking for an opinion/explanation not for recorded information that is held by the Council.

If you would like to seek some further information about the Council's approach to the use of the government's furlough scheme/procedure I suggest you contact Simon Edginton who is the Council's Operations Manager (HR and Payroll Support) via [email address].

I hope that this is helpful.
Kind regards,
Emma

Emma Griffiths | Lawyer | Law & Governance | Oxford City Council | St Aldate's Chambers | St Aldate’s | Oxford OX1 1DS | DX 4309 Oxford 1 | 01865 252208 (POST POINT SAC 3.8)

Service of documents by email is accepted at [email address] only. The subject header must be marked ‘SERVICE’.  Service by fax is not accepted.

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Dear GRIFFITHS Emma,

I hope Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services are investigated and prosecuted for their abuse of the furlough scheme.

Yours sincerely,

Jimmy Gibbons

GRIFFITHS Emma, Oxford City Council



Thank you for your email.

My usual working days are Monday - Thursday, mornings only.

I am unavailable until Tuesday 8 June 2021 and will be in touch as soon as
possible after that.

For urgent enquiries please contact our support team -
Law&[email address] (01865 252027)

Kind regards,

Emma.

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

Rather than asking for opinions and views ask for any written information in any form they hold in relation to those issues.

Monitoring Officer getting involved is a s serious issue as they normally don't get involved.

They must have HR files.

Abdul Hai left an annotation ()

Do not contact Simon Edginton. If he has written information on the furlough scheme than you have a right to this information.

The council have a duty to assist you to obtain the information.

New FOI request. Decision making in regards to use of furlough.

Dear Oxford City Council,.

It has been suggested that I contact Simon Edginton in regards to Oxford City Council and Oxford Direct Services decision to use the furlough scheme.

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all information that Simon Edginton holds in regards to your decision to use the furlough scheme?

Yours faithfully,

This is a very rough FOI request I have written for you. They can try to refuse but they have told you to contact him as he is HR Operations Manager for Payroll and Pensions.

The key thing is to ask for information that is recorded sometimes public authorities will know you are asking but other times they will say you did not ask for recorded information.

Your FOI they have seen as asking for a view or opinion so in future FOI's in regards to this you need to make clear you are asking for written information.

Let me know what you decided to do.

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