FOI request detail

Employee pensions contributions, expenses and compensation for loss of office

Request ID: FOI-2444-1920
Date published: 11 December 2019

You asked

Dear FOI team, This is an information request relating to pension contributions, expenses and compensation for loss of office. Please itemise the information for 2015-2016 and 2018-2019: • The total number of employees who received remuneration equal to, or in excess of, £100,000. Included in this remuneration should be a breakdown as listed below. • For those who received remuneration in excess of £150,000:  The employee’s name  The employee’s job title  The remuneration received by the employee  An itemised list of expenses claims made by the employee. If an itemised list is not available, please provide the total amount the employee claimed in expenses. Remuneration includes, but is not limited to: salary, fees, allowances, bonuses, benefits in kind, compensation for loss of office and employer’s pension contributions. I would prefer an email response, but will gladly accept letters to the address below. Please acknowledge receipt of this information request as soon as possible. Kind regards,

We answered

Our ref: FOI-2444-1920/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 13 November 2019 asking for information about pensions contributions, expenses and compensation for loss of office.

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

I can confirm that we do hold the information you require. Much of the information requested is published in our annual report here:

For the 2018/19 report:

  • Page 98 provides a table showing the number of employees with a total remuneration of £100k or more (with a breakdown showing separate figures for TfL and Crossrail and where voluntary severance or overtime took earnings over £100k).

  • The tables on pages 100-103 show the number of employees whose remuneration was £50k or more, in £5k bands. That remunerations excludes pension contributions.

  • The tables on pages 104-111 name individual employees whose base salary was £150k or more, showing, separately, salary, performance related pay, benefits in kind, pension contribution, with separate sections for Crossrail and former employees (the latter shows the sum received in ‘compensation for loss of employment’)

  • The tables on pages 112-113 show the number of severance payments by £20k band (up to £100k) and £50k band (£100k +).

The annual reports for previous years also contain this information and are available via the same link.

Data on expenses paid to Chief Officers is published here:

To provide further information on any expenses claimed by the other employees whose base salary was £150k or more 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 requests 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. In order to answer this part of your request we would need to individually retrieve the claims for approximately 50 employees of both TfL and Crossrail for each of the 4 years requested. This information is held across different recording systems and would require the input of different areas of the organisation to ensure accuracy. This information would then need to be located, extracted and manually compiled before being released.

To help bring the cost of responding to your requests within the £450 limit, you may wish to consider refining your requests to concentrate on matters which are important to you. For example, if you were interested in expense claims made by specific, named individuals over a shorter time period we would be more likely to be able to answer your request without exceeding the appropriate limit.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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