Police Pay (242_14)

Request

1 – The total number of payouts to Band B staff for the past 2 years in relation to equal pay

awards.

2 – The total amount of money paid out to Band B staff over the past 2 years in relation to equal

pay.

3 – How many Band B staff were members of a trade union when they had their equal pay

award and how many were not in a trade union.

4 – What formula did West Midlands Police use to work out the equal pay awards?

5 – Were the Band B staff, who were awarded an equal pay award, paid any compensation for

the potential loss of interest on the money not paid to them?

Response

We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. See below. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the information not provided.

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

 

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

 

In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the information not provided. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemption

 

Section 40 (2) Personal Data

 

This exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

 

Section 40 (2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights.  In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release

 

 

1 – The total number of payouts to Band B staff for the past 2 years in relation to equal pay

awards.

 

As at 24 December 2014 no awards by way of arrears of pay have been paid by the Force in relation to any equal pay claims.

However, the Force has entered into 333 settlement agreements (without admission of liability) in respect of managing legal proceedings surrounding equal pay during the period January 2014 to December 2014.

 

2 – The total amount of money paid out to Band B staff over the past 2 years in relation to equal pay.

 

We are unable to categorise the amount paid to Band B as the reporting function will only show the grade the individual is now or upon leaving. The total spend across all categories of staff is £1.3 million up to the 24 December 2014.

 

3 – How many Band B staff were members of a trade union when they had their equal pay

award and how many were not in a trade union.

 

 

This information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions

 

Section 40 (2) Personal Data

 

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

 

 

4 – What formula did West Midlands Police use to work out the equal pay awards?

 

As previously stated no awards have been paid. Any offers were calculated based on actual pay during the period of the claim (commencing 6 years before the claim was lodged) and that of the male comparator named on the claim. Any variance in offers is likely to be that there is a difference between each individual’s pay history and/or posting history.

 

5 – Were the Band B staff, who were awarded an equal pay award, paid any compensation for the potential loss of interest on the money not paid to them? 

 

No awards have been paid as such compensation is not applicable

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