Any ideas?

Matt O'Donoghue made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Liverpool City Council

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Liverpool City Council.

Dear Liverpool City Council,

Liverpool City Council commissioned a report into the activities grants and donations made by the Beautiful Ideas Company (North)

1/ Please supply a copy of the Report prepared by the internal auditor.
2/ Who commissioned the Report?
3/ Who considered the Report?
4/ Were all those who read the report asked to sign a non-disclosure document or similar gagging instrument?
5/ What actions were taken following delivery of the Report?
6/ Under what authority was the Report kept secret?

Yours faithfully,

Matt O'Donoghue

Liverpool City Council

 
Dear Matt O'Donoghue
 
Please note:

We would at this time advise that Liverpool City Council in common with
other public authorities is presently dealing with, responding to and
affected by the current public health emergency arising from Coronavirus.

When we have sufficient personnel to be able to deal with, and respond to,
your request we will do so in due course.

We thank you for your patience at this time whilst staff are diverted to
maintaining essential services for the residents of Liverpool during this
current public health emergency.

 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 23 January
2021 concerning Dear Liverpool City Council,

Liverpool City Council commissioned a report into the activities grants
and donations made by the Beautiful Ideas Company (North)

1/ Please supply a copy of the Report prepared by the internal auditor.
2/ Who commissioned the Report?
3/ Who considered the Report?
4/ Were all those who read the report asked to sign a non-disclosure
document or similar gagging instrument?
5/ What actions were taken following delivery of the Report?
6/ Under what authority was the Report kept secret?

Yours faithfully,

Matt O'Donoghue...
 
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Dear Liverpool City Council,

Thank you for looking into this and for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Matt O'Donoghue

Dear Liverpool City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Liverpool City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Any ideas?'.

The response has still not been delivered and this is out of time.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Matt O'Donoghue

Dear Liverpool City Council,

ICO referral Feb 23rd 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Matt O'Donoghue

Gadawodd Michael Jones anodiad ()

Matt i recommend reporting your unanswered requests to the commissioner, when i did it they answered them of course you will have to wait until 20 working days have past

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Dear Matt O’Donoghue

 

Please see attached our response to your information request.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst Liverpool City
Council, in common with other public authorities is currently dealing
with, responding to, and affected by the current public health emergency
arising from Coronavirus which, in accordance with emergency legislation,
has meant that our staff are being diverted to maintain essential services
for the residents of Liverpool during this current public health
emergency.

 

Regards

 

Information Team

 

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[2]LCC autosig LetsGetVaccinated

 

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Gadawodd Susan Anne Marie Stalsberg anodiad ()

Clearly they have "every idea" Matt and sadly that's why you will continue to be fobbed off.

Their responses to most FOI's are so predictable. When they withold information it just reafirms what you already suspect.

Gadawodd Matt O'Donoghue anodiad ()

Almost unbelievable.
Even when the game is up, LCC keep on playing.
To be expected.
#ClownTown - it’s all coming down.

Dear Liverpool City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Liverpool City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Any ideas?'.

Firstly, this request has far exceeded the statutory timeframe for a reasonable response. It was placed on January 23 and was returned on March 12th. As such, one would have hoped that the response would have been accurate and lawful. The apology for delay is empty and meaningless in light of the response that has been provided and further underlines an impression that delay and obfuscation are the primary objectives.

In this case, Liverpool City Council has chosen to rely upon Section 33 of the Act. However, the ICO’s guidance states that this section only applies to “pubic authorities that carry out audits or audit-type inspections OF OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES. This is not the case with Liverpool City Council. This is an INTERNAL AUDIT.

Liverpool City Concil’s decision to rely upon Section 33 FOIA is therefore unlawful as, under the heading:

WHEN CAN’T THE EXEMPTION APPLY?

The ICO gives the following examples of situations in which the exemption cannot apply:

“(1) Internal audit functions carried out by public authorities; it only applies to audit or audit type functions in respect of OTHER public authorities”.

The purpose of this request is to establish what Liverpool City Council did in relation to repeated requests to investigate what happened to an estimated £1.4 million pounds in match day car park money. This money was supposed to be managed and accounted for by Liverpool City Council through the Beautiful Ideas Company. Initially, despite taking thousands in ten pound notes each game, the Beautiful Ideas Company had no bank account and the money, collected on behalf of LCC via the Company they had established and with Councillors as Directors, was taken away at the end of the games to be counted by private individuals. This money was intended for good causes in the area to promote employment and regeneration.

Liverpool City Council appear to have continually acted in a way that has avoided transparency and accountability on this matter. The impression of deliberate obfuscation is further underlined by the Council’s response to question (4)

“Any individuals viewing such reports would be required to sign a relevant non-disclosure undertaking or agreement”.

Is it appropriate that a publicly accountably body such as Liverpool City Council should ensure potential allegations of criminal wrongdoing should be covered up with the use of non-disclosure agreements? The Courts would certainly view this with great suspicion and as an abuse of the NDA.

SECTION 33:

The unlawful reliance of Section 33 also appears to be an attempt to avoid accountability and shows an apparent lack of integrity. It is very much in the public interest to understand what accounting practices were in place, who audited the income etc ... as this money was intended to be distributed to community based businesses and organisations.

PUBLIC INTEREST

If there were issues - and the fact that Beautiful Ideas Company Accounts as posted on Companies House appear to show zero income in the initial years the car park was operating has exacerbated concerns - it is also in the public interest to know what actions the Council recommended for the Internal Audits (there were two).

If there is information within the TWO INTERNAL AUDITS that could create “reluctance of parties to in future engage in a full and Frank exchange of information” then this could, in theory, be redacted.

The Public Interest in uncovering any allegations of criminal wrong doing, and Liverpool City Council’s apparent attempts to obscure these, far outweighs any potentially bogus reliance on Section 33.

For these reasons, I would respectfully request that Liverpool City Council examines the totality of this request, with a more open set of eyes and with responds with a degree of transparency, accountability and integrity that the current response appears to lack.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Matt O'Donoghue

Gadawodd Matt O'Donoghue anodiad ()

#ClownTown

#Integrity

#Transparency

Information Requests, Liverpool City Council

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Dear Matt O’Donoghue

 

Please see attached our response to your information request.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst Liverpool City
Council, in common with other public authorities is currently dealing
with, responding to, and affected by the current public health emergency
arising from Coronavirus which, in accordance with emergency legislation,
has meant that our staff are being diverted to maintain essential services
for the residents of Liverpool during this current public health
emergency.

 

Regards

 

Liverpool City Council

[1]LCC autosig LetsGetVaccinated

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

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