Details of new starters employed by MPs
I can confirm that we hold information relevant to your request, but it is subject to a Refusal Notice under section 12(1) of FOIA.
This exemption applies because we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit as laid down in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. For IPSA this amount is £450 or 18 hours.
In order to provide information for this request we would need to run a report on two payroll systems; the current system has only been in use since April 2019. Lists of new starters are updated each month, so we would download about 40 files in total. We would then need to go through each file, identify each MP office and remove any information which does not fall in the scope of this. We would also need to check and remove the details of any staff who had received promotions and those who had had a contract renewed.
There are currently 650 MPs sitting in Parliament, and therefore I estimate that complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit.
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- July 6, 2020
- MPs' STAFFING
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 12