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FOI 7515

Licensing Officer and NALEO

Request

I would like to know how the the council resourced the time, study and costs incurred in a Licensing Officer taking the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers (NALEO) Basic Vehicle Inspection for Hackney Carriages & Private Hire Vehicles Course.
Specifically:-
1) How long did the study period last
2) Was the Licensing Officer able to study for the course during normal working hours
3) What were the costs involved for study fees and any associated costs for accommodation, books etc to include the cost of any final course exam
4) Were the costs funded by the council and if so which department were such funds costed out to
5) Did the council consider how the Officers work role would be enhanced once the course/exam had been successfully completed PRIOR to the Officer undertaking this course

Response

I refer to both your complaint relating to the November newsletter and to your freedom of information request. I shall respond to both as below:

I have reproduced your questions below and inserted the response at the end of each question for ease of reference:

Q) How long did the study period last
A) 3 days

Q) Was the Licensing Officer able to study for the course during normal working hours
A) Yes

Q) What were the costs involved for study fees and any associated costs for accommodation, books etc to include the cost of any final course exam
A) £340

Q) Were the costs funded by the council and if so which department were such funds costed out to
A) Yes - Licensing

Q) Did the council consider how the Officers work role would be enhanced once the course/exam had been successfully completed PRIOR to the Officer undertaking this course
A) Yes