FOI Request – Public Health Funerals
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my enquiry as specifically as possible. However, if this request is too wide or unclear, please feel free to contact me for clarification.
I am looking for information about the amount of money spent by councils on public health funerals, also known as paupers’ funerals.
As such, I would really appreciate answers to the following questions:
1. How many public health funerals has the council carried out in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?
2. How much has the council spent on carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2020/21 financial year, to date?
3. How many public health funerals did the council carry out in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years?
4. How much did the council spend carrying out public health funerals in each month of the 2018/19 and 2019/20 financial years?
I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you would confirm in writing that you have received this request.
I would really appreciate your help with this request – I look forward to hearing from you.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please note, responses may take longer than usual due to the current Coronavirus situation.
Your request will now be validated and logged for processing. If your request does not include your full name and describe the information you are requesting clearly, we will write to you to seek clarification. It is our intention to have the response delivered to you within 20 working days from the working day your request is received. Please note, requests received on non-working days, such as weekends and bank holidays, will be recorded as received on the next working day.
All requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 may be subject to exemptions, which the Authority is entitled to apply to refuse requests in full or parts of requests. Further information around the exemptions that may be applied can be found via the following link: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/gui....
In some situations the decision to withhold information, or not, will be based on a public interest test. You will be advised of the considerations and decisions as well as your rights of appeal within your response.
If you are requesting information in relation to a deceased person and have not yet provided the required proof of eligibility and identity, your request will not be processed until we received these. Please provide one of the following to confirm your eligibility to access the records:
· Grant of probate and certified copy of the last will & testament
· Letters of administration (if the deceased died intestate)
We will also require proof of your identity if you are requesting a deceased persons records. If you have not done so already, please provide one of the following as proof of your identity:
· Valid UK Driving Licence
· Valid Current UK Passport
· Birth certificate OR Certificate of Registry of Birth OR Adoption certificate
Wakefield Council publish a number of Data Sets in relation to different topics. You may wish to access the following links to check whether the information you require is already published.
Data Mill North
Any queries or concerns in relation to this matter should be sent to the Senior Information Governance Officer, Information Management Team, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW or e-mailed to [Wakefield City Council request email].
Corporate Information Governance Team,
Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]
Tel: 01924 306112
The WMDC Disclaimer can be found at:
Dear R Alwakeel,
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.
Please find the response to your request below.
Information regarding Public Health Funerals in the Wakefield district is
now available publicly via the Data Mill North site, and can be accessed
via the following link;
With regard to the specific details you have requested, under the Freedom
of Information Act the Authority has the right to refuse an applicant
information held if an exemption applies. The Authority believes in this
case such an exemption applies and has decided to refuse your request.
We believe that the information is exempt under Section 22 of the Act,
which applies to information held by an organisation which it intends to
publish at a future date. We have considered the information and believe
that it falls under this exemption because the details you are requesting
will be made available by the Council, as noted above.
As this is a qualified exemption, we have also considered whether in all
the circumstances of the case, the public interest in withholding the
information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
In reaching our conclusion we have considered the factors in favour of and
against disclosure. In all the circumstances of this case we have
concluded that the public interest in withholding the information
outweighs the public interest in disclosing it. Our view is that the
public would expect that, if data were available to view in the public
domain, it would be preferable for a requester to be directed to the
relevant site, thus avoiding the need for Council time and resources to be
used unnecessarily in dealing with repeated Freedom of Information
If you are not satisfied with the way the Authority has handled your
request, you may ask for an internal review. Please contact me either on
the number below or in writing: Senior Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team, County Hall, Wakefield, West
Yorkshire WF1 2QW (marked Private & Confidential) or e-mail on
[Wakefield City Council request email] and I 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:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.
Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
Legal and Governance
Tel: 01924 306112
E-mail: [Wakefield City Council request email]
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