Council tax operational information

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Council tax

1.Can i have for each year since 2000, listed years. the total number of the following
2.  Number of council tax bills sent
3.Number of summons
4.Number of liability orders gained for accounts that are for the current CT period.
5.No of Liability orders gained for previous year, in the year in question.
6.Court fund account ( totals collected in respect of court charges across all accounts you gain LIABILITY ORDERS ON ) for each year
7.Cost paid to court each years ( or cost per LO )
8.Cases sent to bailiffs
9.Total collected by bailiffs
10.An indication as to what the court funds collection accounts pays for.
11.An indication to any policy that you have in place to ensure you protect vulnerable customers from the court action to the bailiffs.
12.Any and all agreed rates and conditions that your instructed bailiff should maintain.
13.any and all numbers of actions taken after liability orders

complaints ( system wide, with breakdowns if possible )

total number of complaints registered and all stages

Wages and enumeration packages

looking for a duck house

For the years 2000 – 2009 can we have the total number of employees that there total financial package is
£ 20k - 30k
£ 30. - 40k
£ 40 - 50k
£ 50 - 60k
£ 60 - 70k
£ 70 - 80k
£ 80 - 90k
£ 90k -100k
£ 100k - 120k
£  120k -140k
£ 140k - 170 k
£ 170k +  200k
£ 200k+

Responsibility

Who in your council has overall responsibility for the accurate application of court documents in relation to taking action against your public.
Who hold the final power and responsibility in your council. Your executive, or your word councillors

Yours faithfully,

George Cant

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Cant,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information George Cant

Thank you for your e-mail requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which we received on 2nd December 2009. It is our intention to have the information delivered to you by 4th January 2010.

I would like to inform you that all requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 might be subject to exemption(s), which the Authority is entitled to apply to refuse the request.

In some cases the Authority may also ask that a fee be paid for processing and delivering the information to you. Details of any fee to be charged, if applicable, will be notified to you as soon as possible.

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should be marked Private & Confidential and sent to the Freedom of Information Officer, Information Compliance Unit, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [Wakefield City Council request email].

Yours sincerely,

Julian Rogan

Principal Information Officer
Information Compliance Services
Democratic Services
Legal and Democratic Services

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Room 50
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW
[email address]
Tel: 01924 305288
Fax: 01924 305383
http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/

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Dear freedomofinformation,

Some of this information is immedealy available, could you provide this asap and the rest at the 40 day limit.

If you are going to ask for a fee, or say any of it is unavalable or exempt, please advise immedeatly so i can deal with it

Yours sincerely,

George Cant

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Cant,

I have forwarded your request to the relevant Council services and I will contact you again when they have responded to me. I will also contact you regarding fee's, availability or exemptions in the event that any of these situations occur.

In answer to part of your request:

Who in your council has overall responsibility for the accurate application of court documents in relation to taking action against your public.

The Service Director - Legal and Democratic Services.

Who hold the final power and responsibility in your council. Your executive, or your word councillors.

The Chief Executive of the Council

Yours sincerely,

Julian Rogan

Principal Information Officer
Information Compliance Services
Democratic Services
Legal and Democratic Services

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Room 50
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW
[email address]
Tel: 01924 305288
Fax: 01924 305383
http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/

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Rogan, Julian, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Cant,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the Act (Section 12) the Authority has the right to refuse to
release the information where it is reasonably estimated that the cost of
complying with a request would exceed £450 (calculated on the basis of 18
hours @ £25 per hour). On this occasion we have estimated that the cost
of determining whether we hold the requested information and locating,
retrieving and extracting it would exceed £450. The Authority has
therefore decided to refuse your request.

We may, however, be able to assist you with your request if you can narrow
it down, which would reduce the search.

In addition, you requested Council Tax information for each year since the
year 2000. Unfortunately we only hold information since 2004 when a new
information management system was introduced within the service. The same
situation also applies to the part of your request regarding wages and
remuneration as this service also had an information management system
change in 2006 and information prior to this date is not available.
Unfortunately the search process for the information from the revised
dates (i.e. 2004 and 2006) would still exceed the £450 limit (calculated
on the basis of 18 hours @ £25 per hour).

Could you also please clarify your request regarding complaints with a
time span as I am unsure whether or not you are interested only in current
complaints or complaints received over a period of time. You also mention
in your request "looking for a duck house", if this is part of you
request, could you please clarify exactly what information you require.

If you are unhappy with the way the authority has handled your request,
you may ask for an internal review. Please contact the Council's Freedom
of Information Officer, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council,
Information Compliance Unit, Room 51, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW, who
will arrange an internal review of your case.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer

Julian Rogan

Principal Information Officer
Information Compliance Services
Democratic Services
Legal and Democratic Services
City of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
Room 50
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW
[email address]
Tel: 01924 305288
Fax: 01924 305383
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Dear Rogan, Julian,

I don't agree with you, why do you think it will cost that much. I am a computer programmer who specialised in databases and array tables.

Please tell me whos suggesting it will take 18 hours. the council tax data is held in your accouyhn t spreadsheet and its also an indicating figure used for the audit commission.

Please identify immedealy what parts of this request will take the time.

You also mention that your records only go back to 2004. Did you dispose of the data when you implemented, if not, do you still hold it in ANY FORMAT.

My Suggestion, p[lease send this to your monitoring officer.

YOU DON'T WANT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WAGES FOR YUOIR EXEC, NOTHING TO DO WITH THE REST OF IT.

CLASS THIS AS A REQUEST FOR INTERNAL REVIEW

Yours sincerely,

George Cant

Ryan, John, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Cant, thank you for your e mail requesting an internal review of our decision to refuse your recent request under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. An internal review of that decision will be carried out within the next 10 days. As soon as the Review has made its decision I will contact with again.

Regards

John Ryan
Democratic Team Manager.

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Smithson, Galina, Wakefield City Council

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Dear Mr Cant,

I refer to your e-mail asking to review your original request for information which was processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I can confirm that your complaint was reviewed by the Council's FOI Exemptions / Review Panel and it was agreed that in order to comply with all of your request it would take in excess of 18 hours of officers' time.

With regard to question 2 in your request 'Number of council tax bills sent' I enclose the information as requested. The information is routinely prepared by the Council for annual submission to the Audit Commission and is reasonably accessible by visiting the Audit Commission website.

Please note that we may be able to assist you with your request if you can narrow it down, which would reduce the search and would enable us to deal with your request within the appropriate limit.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Galina Smithson
Freedom of Information Officer
Room 51, County Hall
Bond Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 2QW
Tel 01924 306112
e-mail: [email address]

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