Details of MPs employees
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Brenda Price was a member of Mr Robinson’s staff and was employed in the position of Constituency Finance Officer.
Members of Parliament employ their staff directly on agreed pay scales that are set by IPSA. Practice varies widely among MPs on whether they employ their staff full-time or part-time, and whether their staff are based at Westminster or in the constituency. Details of the pay bands for each role are published on IPSA’s website.
Some of the information you have requested is exempt from disclosure under sections 31 and 41 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Section 41 provides an exemption to the right of access under the Freedom of Information Act if release would be a breach of confidence actionable by any person.
Mrs Price was employed by the MP. Information concerning her employment was provided to IPSA for the purpose of processing payroll and other payments due as an employee of the MP.
Although data protection law applies to identifiable, living individuals, in this case, there is an enduring duty of confidence under the common law duty of confidentiality and an obligation to respect the right to a private life under article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
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- December 20, 2019
- MPs' STAFFING
- Exemptions Applied:
- Section 41