POLICE SALARIES (5018_14)

Request

I will be most grateful if, under the Freedom of Information Act, you could kindly provide me with the following information on staff salaries in your police force:-

1.Chief Superintendents pay between May 2010 and 2012.

2.Assistant Chief Constables from May 2012 until May 2014

For the salaries could you also provide the add-ons which such members of staff would receive such as car allowance and housing allowance. Could you please let me know whether these allowances are taxable

Finally could you please confirm if throughout this period from 2010 and 2014 the payments are made by calendar month or every 28 days

 

Response

1.Chief Superintendents pay between May 2010 and 2012.

http://www.police-information.co.uk/policepay.htm#chief_superintendents

2.Assistant Chief Constables from May 2012 until May 2014

http://www.police-information.co.uk/policepay.htm#chief_officers_2008

For the salaries could you also provide the add-ons which such members of staff would receive such as car allowance and housing allowance. 

Some of the requested information is provided here: 

http://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/media/235739/jac_25_09_13_item_7_statement_of_accounts_chief_constable.pdf

Any other information is exempt by virtue of Section 40 (2).

When citing Section 40(2), there is a requirement to consider whether disclosure would breach one of the Data Protection Principles, and in this case the first principle of fairness would be breached. In these circumstances Section 40(2) is classed as absolute and there is no requirement to consider the public interest.

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

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

This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the data that has not been provided.

Could you please let me know whether these allowances are taxable.

Basic pay and Superannuation along with any other pay related allowances which are paid via the payroll (including any housing/rent allowances and car allowances) would be subject to the usual Tax and National Insurance contributions.

An employee may also benefit from their employment by receiving a benefit that does not take the form of money. Such profits are often called benefits in kind. A benefit is taxable as earnings if:

  • it is capable of being turned into money in the employee’s hands, or
  • it consists of the discharge of an employee’s debt

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim00530.htm

Finally could you please confirm if throughout this period from 2010 and 2014 the payments are made by calendar month or every 28 days

Payments are made calendar monthly.

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