Freedom of information response

Contract Children/Adult services

Publication date: 
Tuesday 6 November 2018
Request: 

1) Please provide an up-to-date list of staff responsible for commissioning, funding and contract managing adults’ and children’s services in the following service user groups:

a)  Mental health

b)  Learning disability

c) Physical disability 

d) Looked after children (LAC)

e) Special educational needs (SEN)

f)  Elderly – nursing, residential and dementia/EMI

Please provide names, job titles, relevant service user group, work emails and work phone numbers in the attached spreadsheet

Response: 

Unfortunately we are unable to provide in full the information you have requested.  We do hold the information but an absolute exemption applies.  Personal Information (Section 40,2)

Personal data of any other person (third party data) is exempt under section 40(2) if disclosure would breach one of the data protection principles. This aspect of Section 40 is an Absolute Exemption and is therefore not subject to the Public Interest Test.

The names of officers working for the Council is personal data specific to them. It is therefore subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act. Information can be withheld if its disclosure would be likely to breach one or more of the Principles of the Data Protection Act. There is no prior expectation on the part of team Managers (or other officers working below the level of Director) that their names and job titles / positions would be published into the wider public domain under FOI. A disclosure made under FOI constitutes a publication to the world at large. We believe that to disclose this would be likely to breach the first Principle of the Data Protection Act by unfairly contravening their right to privacy and confidentiality in the work place.

However, in the interests of transparency we are able to share details relating to senior officers (Director  level and above). For these officers, there is already a greater expectation of openness about their role given their level of accountability for service provision and budgetary decision making.

For your information please see the below link which outlines staff details of Director and above:

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/chief-executive-and-directors-board/responsibilities-of-chief-executive-and-directors-board

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the council have managed your request you can pursue an independent review by contacting us at the above address and your request will be considered by the Information Manager who will update you with the outcome. 

You may also wish to refer your case to the Information Commissioner’s Office, details of this organisation can be found at www.ico.org.uk . Alternatively they can be contacted on 0303 123 1113.

Request reference:
FOI 8434