Commissioner orders disclosure of names of public sector workers earning over 150K
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Issued on 22 June 2011
disclosure of names of public sector workers earning over £150,000
Christopher Graham, has today ordered the Cabinet Office to disclose
the names of 24 public sector workers who earn more than £150,000. This
follows a request for information to the Cabinet Office who had
previously withheld the information on the basis that the individuals
did not consent to their details being released.
Christopher Graham, said:
“If you are earning over £150,000
working for a body that is funded by the public purse then there is now
a legitimate expectation that your name and salary details will be
disclosed. Being open and transparent is an integral part of being
accountable to the taxpayer and, like it or not, this level of
disclosure goes with the territory.”
The ICO’s decision notice, which
sets out the case in full, is available at:
The Cabinet Office has 35 calendar
days from the date of the decision notice to disclose the information,
unless an appeal is served.
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Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting
openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
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responsibilities set out in the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and
Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
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environmental information. The ICO’s policy on enforcing public access
to official information and the powers at its disposal are set out here.
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independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public
interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for
individuals. We do this by promoting good practice, ruling on
complaints, providing information to individuals and organisations and
taking appropriate action when the law is broken.
The ICO enforces and oversees the following
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
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