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Details of staff employed by Andy Burnham MP
CAS-25213
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 Andy Burnham 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 below, at Annex A, the job titles and tenures of all individuals employed by Andy Burnham 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, 16 volunteers have been registered with IPSA by Andy Burnham MP.

Annex A

Job Title

Date Started

Date Left

Caseworker

01/07/2011

30/04/2012

Office Manager

29/04/2013

 

Information not held

01/06/2010

31/12/2010

Information not held

12/05/2010

31/10/2010

Junior Secretary

01/02/2014

30/06/2014

Caseworker

01/04/2012

31/07/2012

Senior Caseworker

01/06/2010

 

Junior Secretary

05/12/2011

13/01/2012

Parliamentary Assistant

01/06/2010

 

Caseworker

01/02/2014

18/07/2014

Caseworker

01/11/2014

 

Caseworker

24/09/2012

30/09/2013

Senior Caseworker

01/06/2010

 

Parliamentary Assistant

10/01/2012

 

Cleaner

01/06/2010

 

Office Manager

01/06/2010

30/04/2013

Administrative Officer

27/05/2015

10/09/2015

Information not held

01/06/2010

07/01/2011

Caseworker

01/06/2015

30/11/2015

Caseworker

25/05/2009

31/03/2015

Senior Parliamentary Assistant

16/05/2011

07/07/2015

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.