Cost office move

Pete Simpson made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to North Lanarkshire Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

How much money did it cost for the relocation of social work service from bank street in Coatbridge to Kildonan street including a breakdown of the following
- overtime cost for frontline staff
- Overtime and any additional costs for admin staff
- removal costs
- cost for refurb in kildonan street building
- IT cost to get office up and running
- any other costs and what these cost have been

What is the annual saving cost of no longer having social work within bank street offices

Yours faithfully,

Pete Simpson

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Simpson

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street
Motherwell
ML1 1AB

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr. Simpson

I refer again to your e mail dated 7 October 2017 seeking information in relation to the cost of the relocation of the Social Work service from Bank Street to Kildonan Street.

Having investigated, my response to your questions 1 6 is as follows:-

(1) to (5) I can advise that there is no data set for the information requested and in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must advise you of this.

(6) The annual savings of no longer having Social Work within Bank Street offices will be £96k.

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference, must state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence and must specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-
Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St. Andrew’s
KY16 9DS
www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal
email: [email address]

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North Lanarkshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'Cost office move'.

Following your response i remain dissatisfied - As the council have directly paid for removal costs i would have expected this information to be held and easily accessible ? Similarily as staff received overtime to prepare for the move i again would have expected staffing figures to be held.
in addition any works being carried out as refurbishing the building again i would have expected the council to have a clear plan and costing for when this was carried out.

As the council is managing public money i would have expected all costs and expenditure would be held, recorded and accounted for ? is this not the case ?

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

Yours faithfully,

Pete Simpson

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Mr Simpson

I acknowledge receipt of your undernoted e-mail dated 1 November 2017 seeking a review of my response, dated 25 October 2017 to your freedom of information request.

Your request for a review is being processed and a response will be sent to you in due course.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
for Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

Gardiner Gerard,

Dear Mr Simpson,

 

I refer to your request for a review of the Council’s response to your
request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

Your FOI request  relating to the cost of a relocation of social work
staff from bank Street to Kildonan Street in Coatbridge.

 

The Council’s initial response, contained in an email to you form its FOI
Co-ordinator, outlined to you that a data-set for the information you
sought did not exist.

 

Having reviewed the response I am satisfied that that is the case.

 

By way of explanation the Council has over the past few years relocated a
number of its staff to the Municipal Buildings in Kildonan Street.

 

There has been expense incurred associated with these various relocations.
In regard to external expense, I am advised that this is broken down on a
property by property basis. Since the Council re-located other personnel
at the time of the Social Work relocation with which your FOI request is
concerned, it is not possible to break these costs down.

 

Similarly while staff members were engaged in assisting with the office
move, and while overtime costs were incurred by the Council as a result,
the Council’s reporting mechanisms for overtime do not go into the level
of detail which would enable overtime costs associated with the Kildonan
Street re-location to be identified without significant further
interrogation of its records.

 

Identifying overtime costs which are uniquely attributable to the office
move for Social Work would involve scrutiny of individual time sheets and
a reconciliation of those time sheets with the employees requesting
overtime and the officers approving it. I am satisfied that this exercise
would involve the Council in incurrence of cost which would exceed the
cost threshold beyond which it need not comply with a request for
information under FOI(S)A.

 

In the circumstances I would advise that I uphold the decision of the FOI
Co-ordinator in its entirety.

 

I must advise you that, in terms of Section 47 of the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002, a person who is dissatisfied with a
notice given by a Local Authority under Section 21 of the Act - i.e. a
notice following a review of a decision by a Local Authority - may within
six months, make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for
a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application,
the request for information to which the requirement relates has been
dealt with in accordance with the Act.  This letter does constitute a
notice given by North Lanarkshire Council under Section 21 of the Act, and
the Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

Fife

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

 

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
via the following link: -

 

[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

 

I must advise also that Section 56 of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act makes provision for an appeal, on point of law, to the
Court of Session against a decision made by the Scottish Information
Commissioner under sub-section 2 of Section 49 by the person who applied
for that decision - and against a decision by the Commissioner under
sub-section 3(b) of that Section by the person who applied for that
decision.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Gerard Gardiner

Legal Manager

Legal & Democratic Solutions

North Lanarkshire Council

Windmillhill Street

Motherwell

ML1 1AB

 

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