I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information about ULT. Could you provide details of the employment package of the chief executive - pay; pension contribution and any other remuneration plus expenses (could you provide details of what expenses were provided) for the last three years; 2012, 2011 and 2010. Details of the employment packages of the other members of the senior management team of ULT.
Published 2nd October 2014
United Learning comprises two main charities. UCST is an independent schools charity established 130 years ago to provide education for girls at a time when there was little available nationally. ULT was established just over 10 years ago by UCST as a subsidiary charity in order to allow the organisation to work through the academies programme to turn around schools which were struggling to provide high quality education in areas of significant deprivation. The Department for Education was always clear that the visible protection of public money demanded that the two charities were kept legally separate. Over the time of its involvement with the academies programme, UCST has raised close to 20m in sponsorship from donors in order to support its work with academies.
Because of this history, and because UCST is the parent charity, the senior management of ULT is provided by the senior management team of UCST. The Chief Executive and other senior managers are employees of UCST and paid solely by UCST. The costs of all central services, including finance, HR, IT and other services are shared between ULT and UCST under a cost sharing agreement, approved by the DfE, under which ULT pays for central services at or below cost.
As a result, the only pay figure which can reasonably be disclosed in response to this request is the full amount paid to the individuals concerned. This relates to all their employment within United Learning, whether in support of the independent or the state schools. It is paid to them by their employer, UCST, which is not a public authority under the Freedom of Information Act. It remains United Learning's view that the Act does not therefore require disclosure of this information. However, we do not consider it a good use of public money to continue a legal dispute about this.
The attached information answers the questions asked and covers the full 2011/12 year, although this information was not available when the question was originally asked. The information is set out by full financial year, which for United Learning is the same as the academic year, running from 1 September to 31 August. Where a member of staff joined or left the organisation in year, this is clearly shown, together with the date of joining or leaving.
Regards - FOIA Team, United Learning
The attached breakdown can be viewed here. ULT received this question at the start of 2012, and responded that this was not ULT-held information as the staff in question were employed by UCST. The journalist in question appealed this to the Information Commissioner, who upheld ULT's view, and then to the Tribunal, which upheld this view before a further appeal over-turned this. We have concluded that as most of the information asked for was in any case in the public domain through the United Learning and Charity Commission websites, it would not be a good use of public money now to continue with this legal process.