FOI request detail

TFL/LU Directors Pay raises 2014 to 2019 inclusive

Request ID: FOI-0667-2021
Date published: 19 August 2020

You asked

Can you please provide the pay increases paid to TFL and LU directors' between the pay years of 2014 to 2019 inclusive. Where an individual has left the business, please list the pay rates by role to show continuity of pay within that role from year to year. Where zero pay raise was awarded in a particular year, please highlight this. Thank you in advance.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-0667-2021

Thank you for your request received on 23 July 2020 asking for information about pay increases for TfL and London Underground directors.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

Unfortunately, to provide the information you have requested would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of £450 set by the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Under section 12 of the FOI Act, we are not obliged to comply with a request if we estimate that the cost of determining whether we hold the information, locating and retrieving it and extracting it from other information would exceed the appropriate limit. This is calculated at £25 per hour for every hour spent on the activities described.

We have estimated that it would cost in excess of £450 to provide a response to your current request. This is because it is estimated that it would take over 18 working hours to retrieve and compile the information you have requested.

We are not able to run a single report that will provide the requested information. There have been a large number of internal changes within the organisation over the last few years, this has resulted in a restructure of many departments within TfL and the consolidation of certain roles and the removal of others, including many at director level. There have also been numerous job title changes over the past year and there is not always a direct role that it can be linked to. Identifying and extracting the requested information would involve a lot of manual work tracking all of the director roles throughout the organisation over the requested time period.

To help bring the cost of responding to your request within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider narrowing its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If you want to refine your request or make a Freedom of Information Act request in future, please bear in mind that the Freedom of Information Act allows you to request recorded information held by us. You should identify the information that you want as clearly and concisely as you can, specifying the types of document that you are looking for. You might also consider limiting your request to a smaller time period, or specific roles or departments of the organisation.

Although your request can take the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, we do not have to answer your question if it would require the creation of new information or the provision of a judgement, explanation, advice or opinion that was not already recorded at the time of your request.

Please note that we will not be taking further action until we receive your revised request.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The impact of current circumstances on TfL’s resources means we are not able to answer FOI requests readily and we ask that you please do not make a request to us at present.
Answering FOI requests will require the use of limited resources and the attention of staff who could be supporting other essential activity. In any event, please note that our response time will be affected by the current situation.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]

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