Well-Being Programmes & Budget - 360/22

Date Responded 16 March 2022

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. Does your force have a budget for providing well-being programmes for employees of your force? If so, please say what the spend was in (a) 2019/20, (b) 2020/21 and what is the budget for spending on this in (c) 2021/22?
  2. In relation to the spend in 2020/21 please break down the total as much as possible giving the spend on each individual unit.
  3. In relation to the spend up to the date of this email in 2021/22 please break down the total as much as possible giving the spend on each individual unit.
  4. If not already included in your answer to question 3 please answer the following questions. For the current financial year up to the date of this e-mail what has been your force’s well-being spend on: (i) yoga, (ii) meditation, (iii) winter sports such as skiing (please details the individual sports), (iv) water sports such as canoeing (please detail the individual sports) and (v) cultural activities such as theatre/gallery trips (please detail the individual trips).

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.


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


1. The third party spend for 2020/21 was £29,617.89

The budget for third party spend in 2021/22 was set at £70k.

Wellbeing expenditure was not specifically identified prior to 2020/21

2.  Wellbeing spend is not identified against individual units/budgets.

3. Wellbeing spend is not identified against individual units/budgets.

4. No Wellbeing spend has been identified for any of those categories.


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.  However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes.  The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.  As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.


If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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.


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