Disclosure Details

Payments - 1056/15

Dated: 02 Dec 2015

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 11 November 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:

I would like to find out details about payments to celebrities for the financial years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 - I would like to know: * the name of every celebrity who received payment by the force; * the amount they were paid; * what service / responsibility they carried out; * where and when the event took place.

This can be returned as an itemised list. For example: 1 Ken Stott; £2,500; after dinner speaker; force Christmas party, December 2010. 2 Frank Skinner; £10,000; presenting awards; end of year awards ceremony, March 2012.

For the purposes of this request, the term "celebrity" can be defined as somebody of local, national or international note or fame. They can include a sportsman - ie for a local football team - a reality television personality or politician. Local politicians (i.e. town council or the mayor) should not be considered celebrities.

Payments to MPs should be included. Where celebrities have been paid through agents or companies, please make this clear in the return. It may be that the force has not made any payments in this way. Please state this, if so.

If the force's records do not go back as far as 2012/13, please provide details from the date closest to this, stating the timescale in the return.

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 within  Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. There have been no payments made specific to your request.

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. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

 

 

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.