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Facility Time regulations

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 took effect on 1 April. Public bodies are subject to the new rules if they have at least one employee who is a trade union official, a trade union learning representative or a safety representative.

In line with the requirements of the regulations Police Forces must publish information relating to facility time, specifically, the time and cost Trade Union Officials spend in the performance of their duties.


What does facility time cover?

As part of these new regulations, facility time will cover duties carried out for the trade union or as a union learning representative, for example, accompanying an employee to disciplinary or grievance hearing. It will also cover training received and duties carried out under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


Information to be published

The regulations require the following information to be published on the employer's website:

table 1: the number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period, and the number of full time equivalent employees

table 2: the percentage of time spent on facility time for each relevant union official

table 3: the percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

table 4: the number of hours spent by relevant union officials on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours.


You can find Northumbria Police’s Facility Time information for 2017 here.