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REF: 109 - Non-Salary Awards

Request:

  1. 1. How much have you spent, in total, on non-salary awards in each of the last five years – 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20 to date.
  2. 2. Please provide a breakdown of the five highest individual awards, the value, the type (eg cash payment, vouchers, goods, etc)
  3. 3. reason for the award
  4. 4. the date and
  5. 5. ideally the job title of the person paid to.

Response:

As previously addressed to yourself in an email dated, 19 November 2019, our organisation was established 1 April 2017 therefore we do not have information for the years from 2015/16 and 2016/17; exemption 17(1)(b) – authority does not hold that information, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) 2002 Act applies.

For clarity, the information provided corresponds with the above numbering.

1.       2017/2018 - £94,425

          2018/2019 - £104,336

          1 April 2019 to Present - £96,517

2.       All non-salary awards (as defined by Scottish Government guidance - https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-public-finance-manual/non-salary-rewards/non-salary-rewards/) have all been a monetary payment made to employees.

      Top 5 highest values:

      2017/2018: £94,425 (payment made November 2017)

      2018/2019: £7,104.95, £7,260.01, £8,499.15, £8,711.66, £9,071.43 (payment made July 2018)

      1 April 2019 to Present: £2,316.99, £2,512.11, £3,064.39, £3,203.96, £3,868.46 (payment made September 2019)

3.       The award made in November 2017 was payment to one individual in compensation for loss of office. That payment was subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, which were satisfied. 

Awards in 2018/19 were based on individual performance and were the result of historical contractual arrangements which now no longer exist.

The non-salary awards from 1 April 2019 to present included a settlement of a collective pay claim in September 2019. It also included a one-off flat-rate non-pensionable transition payment of £2000 paid to all staff employed prior to 1 April 2019 as part of the transition arrangements to a new pay & conditions framework.

4.       See ‘Date’ column in table from question and answer 2.

5.       Exemption 38(2A) - personal data, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) 2002 Act.  Due to the size of our organisation, approximately 50 employees, disclosing job titles against the value of the non-salary award and along with other published information on our website would very likely result in the ability to identify a natural person and contravene the first principle of European Union General Data Protection Regulation.