CFOA expenses -16129

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A request for information about expenditure made by the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) in relation to the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) for the financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Ref: FOI/129

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 10th October.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would be grateful if you would provide me with the following information with regard to expenditure made by the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA) in relation to the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) for the financial years 2014/15 and 2015/16.

What was the annual subscription/corporate payment made for the above financial years in respect of the CFOA?

Reply

2014/15 = £9,900 Professional Partnership

2015/16 = £9,900 Professional Partnership

2015/16 = £25,000 National Operational Guidance Programme

Request

Are the annual subscriptions of individual CFOA members in the FRS paid by the FRA?

Reply

Annual subscriptions of individual CFOA members are paid by West Midlands Fire Service.

Request

How many of your personnel are members of CFOA that the FRA pay for?

Reply

West Midlands Fire Service pays for the following numbers of members

2014/15 = 13

2015/16 = 14

Request

If the individual membership subscriptions are paid by the FRA what was the total expenditure for the subscriptions for the above financial years?

Reply

The total expenditure for the subscriptions for the above financial years is

2014/15 = £3,100

2015/16 = £3,400

Request

What was the expenditure by the FRA for the above financial years paid to CFOA in respect of attendance of officers and Members of the FRA at CFOA conferences, seminars, meetings. Including – cost of event, travel, overnight stay?

Reply

Other payments to CFOA:

2014/15 = £7,300

2015/16 = £6,100

Details of Expenditure is not recorded per event and separate headings/budgets exist for different categories of spend which would require considerable analysis. Therefore it will take a long time locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide information within appropriate time limit, therefore we would have to charge.

Please find attached Fee Notice. 16129-fees-notice

Request

What is the budgeted expenditure for the annual subscription/corporate payment made for the current financial year (2016/17) in respect of CFOA?

Reply

The budgeted expenditure for the annual subscription/corporate payment made for the current financial year (2016/17) in respect of CFOA IS

£9,900 Professional Partnership

£25,000 National Operational Guidance Programme

£6,500 UKFRS R&D Function

Request

What is the budgeted expenditure for individual subscriptions of CFOA members in the FRS made for the current financial year (2016/17) in respect of CFOA?

Reply

The budgeted expenditure of CFOA members in the FRS made for the current financial year (2016/17) in respect of CFOA is £3,400 CFOA  for individual subscriptions

Request

If any employee paid for by FRA or individual are members of CFOA, what is the cost of their employment including NIC, and pension contribution whilst attending any CFOA event? i.e. If a Chief Fire Officer is away for two days for a CFOA event or on CFOA business, what is the cost to the organisation for that person’s salary?

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 the details of Officer Remuneration for the Chief Fire Officer are disclosed on page 62 of the Statement of Accounts and can be found on West Midlands Fire Service website at the following link: https://www.wmfs.net/your-fire-service/openness/documents/

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