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FOI 11953

Council Employees

Request

1. Over the last four years, how many persons employed directly by your council have/have been:


i) Dismissed
from employment/terminated employment/sacked

ii) Suspended
on full/part pay – please include the number of weeks or days spent off work on full pay for each individual

iii) Suspended
without pay – please include the number of weeks or days spent off work for each individual

iv) Received
a verbal or written warning

v) Faced
disciplinary action not specified above – please specify



Please break down by the above categories and by the following years

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015



2. Please include the department and/or position of the employee if possible.



3. Please also provide a full list of reasons why the action took place for each case. For example: accessing personal social security
records, high absenteeism rate, drug/alcohol misuse, embezzlement, misuse of time/resources etc.



If providing this information would breach data protection regulations to include with the information requested in (1.) and (2.)
– please provide the information requested in (3.) separately.




4. Providing you hold this information: for each of the financial years above, what is the estimated
cost? I.e. how much money has been paid in salaries to individuals who have not been at work due to suspension? If this isn't information you hold in an accessible format, please do not delay my request to inform
me, but exclude (4.) from my request.



5. Over the last four financial years, how many individuals have been suspended on full pay for over 253 days?

Response

From our preliminary assessment, we have estimated that it will cost more than the 'appropriate limit' to consider your request.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for this authority is £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 3.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.
However, we are happy to respond to your request if you pay the fee as set out in this notice. The estimated cost of processing your request is £2250. This charge has been calculated in accordance with section 13 of FOIA and the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.
We are unable to continue processing your request until the fee is paid. If you wish the department to continue to process your request you should pay the fee within three calendar months (by 12th April 2016). If we do not receive payment of the fee by this date, I will take it that you do not wish to pursue this request and will consider the request closed.
If you narrow the scope of your request, we may be able to provide the information free of charge because it would cost less than the appropriate limit to do so. For instance, you may wish to refine your request by being more specific about what information you particularly wish to obtain, including any dates or period of time relevant to the information required. Any reformulated request the department receives from you will be treated as a fresh request.