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20006 – CFO Expenses

Ref: FOI/20006

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 10th January 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Please provide the following information relating to expense claims made by

  1. Your Chief Fire Officer and:
  2. Deputy Chief Fire Officer

In each of the financial years 2018/19; 2017/18 and 2016/17.

Details of all expenses claimed in this period along with scanned copies of the receipts provided when the claim was made

Details of all gifts and hospitality received in this period

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning expenses and gifts and hospitality for Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer? can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/gifts-and-hospitality-register/

2018/19 – https://www.wmfs.net/mdocs-posts/statement-of-accounts/  – Page 73 on wards

2017/18 –  https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Document.ashx?czJKcaeAi5tUFL1DTL2UE4zNRBcoShgo=1CykWl3KaHHeokkm6UQCQubT180bwhiZ1PzB%2fB3aesWJf5vts0h7GA%3d%3d&rUzwRPf%2bZ3zd4E7Ikn8Lyw%3d%3d=pwRE6AGJFLDNlh225F5QMaQWCtPHwdhUfCZ%2fLUQzgA2uL5jNRG4jdQ%3d%3d&mCTIbCubSFfXsDGW9IXnlg%3d%3d=hFflUdN3100%3d&kCx1AnS9%2fpWZQ40DXFvdEw%3d%3d=hFflUdN3100%3d&uJovDxwdjMPoYv%2bAJvYtyA%3d%3d=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&FgPlIEJYlotS%2bYGoBi5olA%3d%3d=NHdURQburHA%3d&d9Qjj0ag1Pd993jsyOJqFvmyB7X0CSQK=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&WGewmoAfeNR9xqBux0r1Q8Za60lavYmz=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&WGewmoAfeNQ16B2MHuCpMRKZMwaG1PaO=ctNJFf55vVA%3d – Page 67 onwards

2016/17 – https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Document.ashx?czJKcaeAi5tUFL1DTL2UE4zNRBcoShgo=M5OYlO5%2fF4G0xCw1VDx39SLHFLg2k1NprQohFdYZtp0KqO8LLLskKw%3d%3d&rUzwRPf%2bZ3zd4E7Ikn8Lyw%3d%3d=pwRE6AGJFLDNlh225F5QMaQWCtPHwdhUfCZ%2fLUQzgA2uL5jNRG4jdQ%3d%3d&mCTIbCubSFfXsDGW9IXnlg%3d%3d=hFflUdN3100%3d&kCx1AnS9%2fpWZQ40DXFvdEw%3d%3d=hFflUdN3100%3d&uJovDxwdjMPoYv%2bAJvYtyA%3d%3d=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&FgPlIEJYlotS%2bYGoBi5olA%3d%3d=NHdURQburHA%3d&d9Qjj0ag1Pd993jsyOJqFvmyB7X0CSQK=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&WGewmoAfeNR9xqBux0r1Q8Za60lavYmz=ctNJFf55vVA%3d&WGewmoAfeNQ16B2MHuCpMRKZMwaG1PaO=ctNJFf55vVA%3d – Page 63 onwards

The information requested receipts provided when claim is made could be classed as privacy invasive and could therefore provide a considerable amount of detail about the Chief Fire Officer’s life. This personal information would attract an exemption under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Even though it did not need to be considered because Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act is an absolute exemption, there is a public interest in knowing how much the Chief Fire Officer has claimed in expenses. The public is entitled to assurance that public money is not being misappropriated and hopefully the information that we have provided will give this assurance.

Reimbursements have been received from external organisations where West Midlands Fire Service has paid expenses to Principal Officers whilst they are carrying out duties on behalf of these organisations, for example National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

19155 – Call Handler

Ref: FOI/19155

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 14th November 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

The number of 18-19* year olds which applied for the role of a ‘Call Handler’ (or such type)

Reply

Under 15

Request

2) The number of 18-19* year olds which were successful in that application

OR

Reply

Under 5

Request

3) The number of control room staff who were 18-19* when they began their employment with you.

Reply

Under 5

Due to the figures being low we are unable to release the exact figures as it may identify individuals and it would contravene the 6 principles of Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, this information is exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

19149-Non-UK EU nationals currently employed

Ref: FOI/19149

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 4th November

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

The number of non-UK EU nationals currently employed by your fire and rescue service? Please could I have that information broken down by job role?

Reply

Fire Fighters Under 5
Crew Commander Under 5
Watch Commander Under 5
Professional 3C Under 5
Professional 2C Under 5
Technical 3A Under 5
Operative 2B Under 5
   

Due to the figures being under 5 we are unable to release the exact figures as it may identify individuals and it would contravene the 6 principles of Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, this information is exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please not West Midlands Fire Service does not keep official records, information is supplied from self-declaration form on Human Resources Management System.

Request

How many non-UK EU nationals have left employment since the beginning of 2019, and in each of the previous four calendar years (2018; 2017; 2016; 2015)? Please could I have that information broken down by job role?

Reply

2015 Watch Commander Under 5
2016 Firefighter Under 5
2016 Technical 1A Under 5
2017 Administration 2C Under 5
2017 Technical 2B Under 5
2018 N/A 0
2019 Under 5 Under 5

 

Due to the figures being under 5 we are unable to release the exact figures as it may identify individuals and it would contravene the 6 principles of Data Protection Act 2018.  Therefore, this information is exempt under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please not West Midlands Fire Service does not keep official records, information is supplied from self-declaration form on Human Resources Management System.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

19153 – Firefighter shifts

Ref: FOI/19153

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 9th November 2019.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

Does your service have a formal system that allows uniformed operational staff swap shifts. For example a firefighter who is due to work a Saturday can swap his work day with a firefighter who is rostered off?

If so, does your service record these swaps and keep a running tally of the swaps for the individuals?

What happens when one resigns or retires. Does your service have a way of dealing with any positive or negative balances for these swaps. For example the swap mentioned above what would happen if either of them then resigned or retired before the “pay back of the swap”. Would the firefighter who got Saturday off have his final pay reduced because he never paid his day off back to the other firefighter? Or if the firefighter who worked the extra shift then retired or resigned. Would he receive a days pay for working the Saturday and the Firefighter that got the day off have to work a day to pay back the day off he got?

Reply

Any exchange of shift should be like for like the following applies when exchanging shifts

If someone comes in off an annual/public leave to cover someone who needs to book annual/public leave, the payback is treated the same the person comes in on their annual/public leave

If someone can come in from another watch on a rota day the person who requires the day books a rota day and then they pay the shift back by coming in on one of their rota days.

Skills should also be like for like, to ensure the right skills are on duty to mobilise an appliance.

Exchange of shifts are recorded on SMART, West Midlands Fire Services time and attendance system, as the roster needs to be updated to show a person on duty and showing in the staffing numbers. Notes are made in roster change to record who are undertaking the exchange.

No tally’s / balances are currently kept for exchanges of shifts, they are visible on the roster attendance screens

When organising an exchange of shift, a payback date is normally arranged, if either parties are due to retire/resign the line manager should ensure the shifts are sorted.

An exception for the change of shift like for like rule, would be the shift timing in that one can exchange a day shift and the payback could be a night shift

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

19150 – Individual letters to members of the 2015 firefighters pension scheme

Ref: FOI/19150

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 5th November 2019

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

How many members of the 2015 firefighters pension scheme were sent individual letters with all information as required by The Pensions Advisory Service, when they joined the 2015 scheme.

How many members are in the 2015 firefighters pension scheme.

Reply

We issued information to all individuals who joined or who were due at some point to join the 2015 scheme by email.  We had 872 members who moved to the new scheme on 1st April 2015, 260 who were due to move subsequently, and 344 fully protected members.

If you have any queries about this freedom of information request, please contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

 

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