FOI request detail

COVID19 isolation-sick Pay London Buses

Request ID: FOI-1960-2021
Date published: 01 February 2021

You asked

Dear Transport for London, 1. Please can you provide in the year 2020 the cost TfL paid to bus operator towards isolation / sick pay. 2. Can we have the terms of references how this was agreed and any documents such as minutes or reviews that had taken place since agreeing. 3. Which type of staff was benefited from this in London Buses and who were excluded? 4. Were cleaners in London Buses benefited from sick pay from TfL?

We answered

TfL Ref 1960-2021

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 3 January 2021 asking for information about COVID19 isolation-sick pay paid to bus operators.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold the information you require.  You asked:

  1. Please can you provide in the year 2020 the cost TfL paid to bus operators towards isolation / sick pay.

£1,672,767.52 has been paid in total in 2020.

2. Can we have the terms of references how this was agreed and any documents such as minutes or reviews that had taken place since agreeing.

An agreement was put in place very quickly at the start of the pandemic to address the immediate concerns and to ensure that there was a clear message to drivers that if they felt ill they should not come to work. The document attached was issued to operators on 20th March 2020. We have reviewed the position twice, most recently in September 2020 when we undertook a readiness exercise for a second wave and concluded that we should continue with the scheme. We will review it again as we transition out of the current lockdown, as we expect to end it once the pandemic has passed.

3. Which type of staff was benefited from this in London Buses and who were excluded?

This applied to critical operational staff, including drivers, engineers and cleaners.

4. Were cleaners in London Buses benefited from sick pay from TfL?

Yes – this was passed through to the bus cleaners working in garages, through the operators.

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General Counsel

Transport for London

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