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Details of staff employed by Yvette Cooper MP
CAS-25212
Disclosure Date:2 Sep 2015
Categories: MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied: Section 40
Request

I wish to request, under the Freedom of Information Act, that you supply me with:

A full breakdown of staffing expenditures of the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP since 2010, including: Job titles and tenures of all staff employed since 2010; Salaries of all staff employed since 2010; the number of unpaid volunteers registered since 2010. 

Response

IPSA holds the information that you request.

Please find attached, at Annex A, the job titles and tenures of all individuals employed by Yvette Cooper MP since 2010. This includes full-time, part-time and temporary members of staff, and encompasses staff based both in London as well as in the constituency.

This information reflects the total number of individuals employed since 2010, and does not indicate the number of individuals actively working for the MP at any one point in time. Further, in some instances, individuals may have changed job titles. Where this is the case, we have only included their most recent job title and contracted hours.

The specific salaries of junior staff members employed by Members of Parliament are personal information. We do not believe there is a reasonable expectation that such information would be made freely available, and disclosure would therefore contravene the Data Protection Principles specified in the Data Protection Act. As such, we are withholding this information under Section 40 of the FOIA.

Section 40(2) provides that personal information about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOI Act disclosure of this information would breach the fair processing principle (Principle 1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), where it would be unfair to those persons or is confidential. For further information, you may wish to visit the UK Legislation website.

However, for each job title we publish the salary bands on our website. You can find this information via the following link: http://parliamentarystandards.org.uk/IPSAMPs/HR%20Payroll%20and%20Interns%20libruary/A%20-%20Employing%20Staff/MPs%20staff%20paybands%202015-16.pdf

Under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’), Staffing Expenditure may be claimed to meet the costs of incidental expenses incurred by volunteers. MPs who engage volunteers must submit a signed volunteer agreement with the volunteer to IPSA before any claims for incidental expenses will be made. The signed agreement must comply with the model volunteer arrangement published by IPSA. Incidental expenses are limited to reasonable travel and food, and non-alcoholic drinks. Since 2010, three volunteers have been registered with IPSA by Yvette Cooper MP.

Annex A

Job Title

Date Started

Date Left

Junior Secretary

01/02/2012

31/03/2012

Information not held

01/02/2011

31/03/2011

Junior Secretary

01/02/2015

31/07/2015

Paid Intern

31/03/2014

21/07/2014

Information not held

01/06/2010

03/09/2010

Parliamentary Assistant

04/11/2013

 

Junior Secretary

01/03/2012

31/03/2012

Information not held

15/10/2010

31/03/2011

Parliamentary Assistant

01/05/2013

19/07/2013

Information not held

01/02/2011

31/03/2011

Parliamentary Assistant

04/10/2010

 

Information not held

01/06/2010

30/06/2011

Parliamentary Assistant

20/06/2011

15/11/2013

Caseworker

27/11/2013

20/12/2013

Junior Secretary

18/02/2013

31/03/2013

Caseworker

01/02/2011

31/03/2015

Office Manager

01/06/2010

 

Caseworker

01/06/2010

 

NOTES

† IPSA does not hold the contracts of a small number of individuals who remained on House of Commons contracts following IPSA’s creation in 2010, but left the MP’s employment before transferring to an IPSA contract. As such, we do not hold this information.

*This information reflects the total number of individuals employed since 2010, and does not indicate the number of individuals actively working for the MP at any one point in time. For example, were a ‘Caseworker’ to leave employment, and a replacement ‘Caseworker’ subsequently employed, this would result in ‘Caseworker’ being included in the list twice, but does not necessarily mean two Caseworkers were employed at the same time.

**In some instances, individuals may have changed job titles. Where this is the case, we have only included their most recent job title and contracted hours.