Disclosure Details

Corporate Communications - 787/15

Dated: 24 Sep 2015

Date of request:      26/08/15

Date of response:    23/09/15

 Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 26 August 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

 1. A breakdown of the budget for corporate communications and/or marketing activity for 2011/12; 2013/14, 2014/15; 2015/16.
2. The budget for any internal in-house magazine or publication for staff, if production for this is outsourced or if any part provided by an external supplier.
3. The current head count in your corporate communications and/or marketing department(s) with a breakdown between warranted officers and non-warranted eg civilian members of staff.
4. The current organisational charts/organograms showing the structure of your corporate communications and/or marketing department(s) accompanied by i) the salary bands for each role and ii) the job descriptions for each role.
5. The current total staff costs of your corporate communications and/or marketing department(s).
6. Details of any spend on any marketing or advertising activity in 2015/16 financial year.  Do you use an external supplier to help deliver this and if so what part e.g. creatives, media buyers etc
7. The date of the most recent review of your corporate communications and/or marketing department and its activity. Please indicate if this was conducted internally or externally and supply any reports rising from the review .
 
If you have separate communications and marketing departments please indicate this and apply the questions above to both teams.
  
 

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Please note that this request will be aggregated with another from your organisation on the subject of Corporate Communications  FOI 814/15, due to cost/time limitations under the Acts legislation.
The intention of this is to prevent individuals or organisations evading the appropriate limit by dividing a request into smaller parts. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Communications Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1. The budget for 2015/16 is £1,021,785.
With regards to the budgets for the previous years the below exemption has been considered and applied as applicable.

As the information you have requested at these parts is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information has been asked for and provided previously, and is published on the Disclose Log on the Northumbria Police website. FOI 385/14 refers and the link to Log is below.

2. We do not have an internal magazine. All information for Officers and Staff is published on our intranet. This is updated by members of Corporate Communications in house team.
3 & 4. As the information you have requested at this part is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request. I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information has been asked for and provided previously, and is published on the Disclose Log on the Northumbria Police website. FOI 973/14 refers and the link to Log is below.  I can confirm the chart is still applicable.

5. Current staff costs for 2015/16  - £858, 552.00
6. Spend this financial year up to August 2015 is £31,538.  All such activity is carried out by our in house Corporate Communications Team.
7. A review by an external company is currently underway, at present no report is available
    
 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act. 

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