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Employee Benefits - 402/20

Date Responded 03 April 2020

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

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. HR Manager/Reward and Benefits Manager's name and email address?
  2. No of permanent staff employed by the Constabulary?
  3. What staff benefits portal do you currently offer employees/when does the contract expire?
  4. What salary sacrifice schemes do staff have access to?
  5. Do you offer staff access to a telephone/face to face employee assistance programme?
  6. If face to face counselling is available what is the current spend on this?

In Response:

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


I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1  Northumbria Police do not have a specific Reward and Benefits Manager. 

Any queries can be directed to the below address

People Services Department
Newcastle City Centre Police Station
Forth Banks
Newcastle Upon Tyne

2  As at 03 Mar 2020 there were 4940.56 full time equivalents (FTE) staff including Police Officers and Police Staff.

3  We do not have a benefits portal.

4  There are currently 2 salary sacrifice schemes, the Childcare scheme and cycle to work scheme.

5  Yes all staff can access our Employee Assistance Programme, either telephone or face to face.

6  No information held.  Face to face counselling is not costed separately from other work.  However in order to assist I can provide the following.

In terms of costs for 2019/20;

Northumbria Police have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) with a 3rd party provider for which it pays £25,000 pa. This is a fixed fee that cover both telephone or face to face sessions.

In addition the third party supplier provides a counsellor on the contract for £36,000pa,  however the role is not part of the EAP and we do not hold information on how much of this cost relates to face to face counselling.

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