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Friday, 23 March 2012






From: information.governance@hertscc.gov.uk
To: race_equality_inspectorate@live.co.uk
Subject: Request for information: Equality FOI/RAP/03/12/4309
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:26:23 +0000
Dear Race Equality Inspectorate
Reference number: FOI/RAP/03/12/4309

On 21st March  2012 we received the following request for information from you:

1. Is salary level for both White and BME staff relative to their level of position within the Hertfordshire Council?

2. Are BME staff involved in the decision making processes at the highest levels that impact Race Equality?

3. If BME staff are involved in decision making processes at the highest levels that impact Race Equality how does that reflect on the internal culture of Hertfordshire Council?

4. If BME staff are involved in decision making processes at the highest levels that impact Race Equality is that reflected on the treatment and service levels to external Black and Non-white communities?

5. To obtain a position and/or relatively high salary within Hertfordshire Council, does BME staff have to forgo aspirations for Race Equality and embrace Fairness (Whiteness)?

Your request for information has been considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Hertfordshire County Council does hold some of the information you have requested, and can respond as follows:

1. All posts within the County Council have a salary which is directly related to the grading of the post.

2. You have received a figure for the BME representation within the senior management of the County Council, they are the staff involved in the decision making processes at the highest levels in all matters. Policy decisions above this level are made by the county councillors who derive their authority from their electorate.

3.-5.Please see the attached document which is the County Council's policy on equality which forms the basis of both external service provision and as an employer.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the reference above. To find out more about Freedom of Information, please visit www.hertsdirect.org/foi

If you are unhappy with the way the County Council has handled your request for information you may request an internal review of the request. This will be carried out by a member of the County Council Legal Services Team, who has had no prior involvement with the request. Requests for an internal review should be sent to the Information Governance Unit at the address above.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the internal review you are entitled to ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your complaint. You should write to: FOI/EIR Complaints Resolution, Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane
, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Elaine Dunnicliffe

Information Access Manager

Information Governance Unit
Hertfordshire County Council
Postal Point CHN 305
County Hall,
Hertford, SG13 8DQ
Telephone: 01992 555848
The Information Governance Unit supports Hertfordshire County Council's Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Records Management activity.
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