Dear Billingham Town Council, this is a Freedom of Information request:
Please can you provide an electronic copy of your finalised audited accounts for 2016-17 as agreed with your external auditor BDO LLP.
NOTE: We wish to receive the information requested above in an electronic form which is capable of re-use, in accordance with item 102 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 – “Release and publication of datasets held by public authorities” - preferably in the form of one or more Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
Kevin Bowler, Chair of North Billingham Residents Association
I reply to this request on behalf of Billingham Town Council from a
resolution made at our last Town Council meeting held on 30 January 2018.
Our audited accounts/annual return can be taken from our website
This is the signed audited annual return which we are published as per
Accounts & Audit Regulations 2015 ( regulation 10)
Executive Officer/ Responsible Finance Officer
to Billingham Town Council
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Dear Billingham Town Council,
I am writing on behalf of North Billingham Residents Association to request an internal review of Billingham Town Council's handling of this FOI request for an Electronic copy of finalised audited accounts for 2016-17.
Mrs. Rickaby has provided incorrect information in response to this FOI request.
We call on the Internal review meeting members to consider the issues below and direct the FOI officer to provide the actual information requested - in an electronic format capable of reuse.
We submitted an FOI request for an Electronic copy of the finalised audited Billingham Town Council accounts for 2016-17.
The hyperlink provided does not link to information as stipulated in an electronic format capable of reuse, in accordance with item 102 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and the FOI Act 2000.
The hyperlink provided leads to the Annual Return. This is not the finalised audited (by BDO LLP) version of the accounts which is what was requested.
Dear Mr Bowler
At our Town Council Meeting on 27 February 2018 the council considered
your response to the above, they have asked me to respond to you on their
There will be no internal review taken on this matter and council are
satisfied with the original reply submitted by our Executive Officer on 8
February 2018 on their behalf.
Chairman to Billingham Town Council
Dear Sheila Smart, your comments are noted. However, the agenda for the meeting you referred to had no designated item listed for the internal review sought, or even discussion about the FOI itself. A member of the public who was in attendance had no recollection of any discussion taking place about this FOI request. These events raise a number of questions, but we will put these aside at the present point.
Neither of your responses to this FOI have provided the information requested, nor have they provided a valid reason for any exemptions to be applied with reference to relevant parts of the FOI Act 2000.
Your unwillingness to hold an internal review has been noted, and North Billingham Residents Association take the view that you have failed to understand and comply with your obligations of as defined in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Dear Mr. Bowler,
Following the Billingham Town Council meeting held on Tuesday 31st July 2018 it was agreed that our response was as outlined below:
Please see attached PDF version of the information requested. I understand that you have requested this in a reuseable format but we are unable to provide this until our Executive Officer / Responsible Financial Officer returns from annual leave.
We thank you in advance for your patience and will provide the excel document later this month.
on behalf of Billingham Town Council
Dear Clare Gamble - BTC Scrutiny Panel, thanks very much for providing the actual information that was originally requested. We look forward to receiving it in an electronic format in the near future.
It is a pity that the previous respondents from the Town Council did not follow your example.
Lots of time would have been saved on behalf of both NBRA, ICO and the Town Council had they done so.
Yours sincerely, Kevin Bowler
Dear Clare Gamble - BTC Scrutiny Panel, it is now almost the end of August 2018 and we have not received an electronic copy of the audited accounts as per your previous message. Please could you attend to this matter so that we can bring this FOI to completion.
Dear Mr. Bowler,
Please see attached the electronic version of the finalised accounts as
previously supplied in hard copy.
Cllr Clare Gamble
BTC Scrutiny Panel at Billingham Town Council
[Billingham Town Council request email]
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Dear Clare Gamble - BTC Scrutiny Panel, thank you for providing the information requested in the format specified. The NBRA September 2018 meeting attendees will be notified that this FOI request has now been satisfactorily concluded.
Yours sincerely, Kevin Bowler
Chair, North Billingham Residents Association
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