Counselling and therapy costs for officers and staff (8144/19)

Request

What were the costs incurred by your forces for counselling and/or other forms of therapy for officers and staff for each of the following financial years?

1. 2015/16

2. 2016/17

3. 2017/18

4. 2018/19

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the information we have managed to retrieve during our initial research. this should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

2017/2018 – £94,326 – this figures routine clinical support to specialist roles and psychological assessments it does not include costs for the in house counselling team.

2018/2019 – £ 94,116  - this figures routine clinical support to specialist roles and psychological assessments it does not include costs for the in house counselling team.

Costs in relation to the in house counselling team are not held in a retrievable format as this team provide several functions as part of their role and counselling forms part of this Function.

 

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