FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

19 May 2021

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations about the access your local authority has to ecological expertise in-house.
“In-house ecological expertise” is defined as those who are employed by the council on a part-time or full-time basis and who have Chartered Ecological status (CEcol).

 

In March 2018, it was revealed that only 1 in 4 councils had access to some form of ecological expertise within their own teams. Would you please tell me how many chartered ecologists the council has employed over the last three years between May 2018 to May 2021?

 

Would you please provide this figure in terms of FTE equivalence. I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set in Excel and not as a PDF, to include the following information as set out below. If the information is not possible to put into a spreadsheet, please provide the information in its existing format, rather than rejecting this FOI request.

 

For example, if you have employed only one chartered ecologist 2.5days a week over the past three years the FTE figure = 0.5

 

2018-2019 chartered

2019-2020 chartered

2020-2021 chartered

0.5

0.5

0.5

 

As a second part to this request would you please also tell me how many “other environmental experts” the council employs, who are either unchartered but hold a position as an environmentalist or hold chartered status in a related discipline e.g. someone who holds Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status. Would you please also provide this figure in terms of FTE equivalence. E.g. If you employed one chartered environmentalist and one unchartered environmental expert full-time between May 2018 – May 2020 but then lost one of these between May 2020- May 2021 then the FTE figure would be as follows:

 

2018-2019 other expertise

2019-2020 other expertise

2020-2021 other expertise

2

2

1

 

 



East Herts Council Response

04 June 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Environmental Information Regulations about the access your local authority has to ecological expertise in-house.
“In-house ecological expertise” is defined as those who are employed by the council on a part-time or full-time basis and who have Chartered Ecological status (CEcol).

 

In March 2018, it was revealed that only 1 in 4 councils had access to some form of ecological expertise within their own teams. Would you please tell me how many chartered ecologists the council has employed over the last three years between May 2018 to May 2021?

 

Would you please provide this figure in terms of FTE equivalence. I would prefer to receive this information electronically, preferably as a data set in Excel and not as a PDF, to include the following information as set out below. If the information is not possible to put into a spreadsheet, please provide the information in its existing format, rather than rejecting this FOI request.

 

For example, if you have employed only one chartered ecologist 2.5days a week over the past three years the FTE figure = 0.5

 

2018-2019 chartered

2019-2020 chartered

2020-2021 chartered

0

0

0

 

We utilise the Ecological unit with Hertfordshire county council

 

As a second part to this request would you please also tell me how many “other environmental experts” the council employs, who are either unchartered but hold a position as an environmentalist or hold chartered status in a related discipline e.g. someone who holds Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status. Would you please also provide this figure in terms of FTE equivalence. E.g. If you employed one chartered environmentalist and one unchartered environmental expert full-time between May 2018 – May 2020 but then lost one of these between May 2020- May 2021 then the FTE figure would be as follows:

 

2018-2019 other expertise

2019-2020 other expertise

2020-2021 other expertise

0

0

0

 

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.