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Recruitment Agencies (5952/19)


Would you please advise the total per annum expenditure by West Midlands Police with recruitment agencies (such as but not limited to Sopra Steria, Capita, Servoca) for the supply of contingent workers over the last 3 years.

Ideally this would detail the budget per year, and the actual spent each year for the last three full budget years.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  To retrieve the data for 2016/17 would exceed the FOI time limit as we would need to look through previous systems to obtain this information.

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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here: