Disclosure Details

Card spend - 468/16

Dated: 12 May 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 10 April  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Details of any kind of credit, charge, debit, corporate credit, fuel cards/accounts issued to Chief officer team, Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable (temporary Deputy Chief Constable), Assistant Chief Constables and also head of professional standards.

2. Details of the type of cards and maximum spending limits on each card and for each member of staff.

3. The name and job title of staff member that signs at end of each month confirming that they are satisfied that spending was exclusively for work and not personal use.

4. Please provide copies of all statements for all cards/accounts for the last 36 months.

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

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

1. There are no such cards issued to any individual in any of the roles stated in the request.

2,3,4. As these questions all relate to Q1, where no cards are issued to the individuals mentioned, no statements can be provided. 

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.

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.