Freedom of Information: Media Relations – staff and costs (R011239)
Thank you for your e-mail of 8 September 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:
“I would like to make a freedom of information request for information contained in the costs of media relations to COPFS in 2013-14 & 2014-2015, the numbers of staff employed in media relations, their salary bands, and expenses claims for the past year.”
I have conducted enquiries and attach information in relation to your request at Annex A.
The numbers of Media employees have been provided throughout the year, for 2013-2015, with an average head count also included.
Salary ranges for staff have been provided for 2013 and 2014. This information has not yet been published for 2015 and accordingly in terms of s.17(1) of FOISA, this information is not held by COPFS.
As you will note, Annex A includes information as to a ‘Media Allowance’ for Band D staff and above. This comprises part of the staff member’s salary and is paid on a pro rata basis throughout the year in which it is awarded.