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Published on 22 January 2020

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

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