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Commissioner orders disclosure of names of public sector workers earning over 150K

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Issued on 22 June 2011

Commissioner orders disclosure of names of public sector workers earning over £150,000

Information Commissioner, 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.

Information Commissioner, 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:

http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/decisionnotices/2011/fs_50347053.pdf

The Cabinet Office has 35 calendar days from the date of the decision notice to disclose the information, unless an appeal is served.

Notes

  1. The Information Commissioner’s Office upholds information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
  2. The ICO has specific 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.
  3. The ICO is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and produces a monthly e-newsletter. Our For the media page provides more information for journalists.

4. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides individuals or organisations with the right to request official information held by a public authority. The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) provide access to environmental information. The ICO’s policy on enforcing public access to official information and the powers at its disposal are set out here.


About the Author

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s 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 legislation:

  •  Data Protection Act 1998
  •  Freedom of Information Act 2000
  •  Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003
  •  Environmental Information Regulations 2004


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