Details of staff employed by Andy Burnham MP

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 TitleDate StartedDate Left
Caseworker01/07/201130/04/2012
Office Manager29/04/2013
Information not held†01/06/201031/12/2010
Information not held†12/05/201031/10/2010
Junior Secretary01/02/201430/06/2014
Caseworker01/04/201231/07/2012
Senior Caseworker01/06/2010
Junior Secretary05/12/201113/01/2012
Parliamentary Assistant01/06/2010
Caseworker01/02/201418/07/2014
Caseworker01/11/2014
Caseworker24/09/201230/09/2013
Senior Caseworker01/06/2010
Parliamentary Assistant10/01/2012
Cleaner01/06/2010
Office Manager01/06/201030/04/2013
Administrative Officer27/05/201510/09/2015
Information not held†01/06/201007/01/2011
Caseworker01/06/201530/11/2015
Caseworker25/05/200931/03/2015
Senior Parliamentary Assistant16/05/201107/07/2015

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.

Ref:
CAS-25213
Disclosure:
September 1, 2015
Categories:
MPs' STAFFING
Exemptions Applied:
Section 40