Freedom of Information Act - 2010/11

Paul Williams made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Croydon Borough Council

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

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Croydon Borough Council,

I should be grateful if you could provide me with a list of all the Freedom of Information requests received by the Council for the financial year 2010/11. I am particularly interested if you could provide the data in the following format:

(1) The date the request was received by the council.

(2) The summary subject of the request - in less than 20 words

(3) The date the request was acknowledged.

(4) The date the initial final response was given

(5) The status of this response, ie met, not held, rejected

(6) Whether an Internal Review was requested, and if so the date on which this was completed and the outcome status

(7) Whether the FOI Request to the council's knowledge was referred to the ICO.

(8) Whether the ICO issued any guidance or instruction to the council following this referral.

(9) The final outcome after the ICO referral.

It is understood that a case may be referred to the ICO after the council regards it a closed, and so this list request may not be final and definitive, but at any given time, a FOI Request must be either open or closed as far as the council, is considered.

As most of this information must already be held electronically for administrative reasons by the council, it should not be onerous to provide it.

Please provide this electronically, preferably in a machine readable format (excel or csv formatted spreadsheet).

Yours faithfully,

Paul Williams

Morris, Valerie, Croydon Borough Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Williams

Thank you for your email/letter dated the 4 April 2011 in which you have
requested among other matters a list of all the Freedom of Information
requests received by Croydon Council for the financial year 2010/11.

We are considering your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, and hope to respond within the statutory 20 working
days.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, either
myself or a colleague will let you know the likely charges before
proceeding.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Valerie Morris

Contract Monitoring Officer

Chief Executive's Office

Democratic & Legal Services Division

5th Floor South Side

Taberner House

Park Lane Croydon

CR9 3JS

Tel: 0208 686 4433 ext. 62676

Fax: 0208 760 5679

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An acknowledgement....

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Other authorities have this information as a matter of routine. Let us see what Croydon does.

Dear Ms Morris,

When should I expect a substantive reply?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Morris, Valerie, Croydon Borough Council

I will be out of the office from Friday 29 April to Friday 13 May inclusive. If you have any queries I will deal with them on my return to the office on Monday16 May. However, if your query is urgent please contact Michelle Hughes on Ext. 61964

Thanks.

Val Morris

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So they didn't reply before they went away? Mmmm...

Dear Ms Morris,

When should I expect a reply to my request?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Dear Ms Morris,

Will a reply be forthcming in the near future??

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Dear Ms Morris,

I should be grateful for a reply.

If none is forthcoming I shall lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Dear Ms Morris,

I am still awaiting a response? Is there a reason for this radio silence?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Dear Ms Morris,

I assume I have to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner to get a substantive reply; is that correct?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Dear Ms Morris,

The council is under a statutory duty to reply to FOI requests in 20 working days. That deadline was 9 May 2011. It is now 8 June 2011. Will I be receiving a reply soon?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

9 June 2011

Dear Ms Morris,

I assume that you understand the statutory duty the FOI places on authorities, ie to respond within 20 days. The lack of response and the radio silence since your acknowledgement of 7 April 2011 is a little shocking.

Proud to serve?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Morris, Valerie, Croydon Borough Council

I will be out of the office on Friday 10 June. If you have any queries I will deal with them on my return to the office on Monday 13 June. However, if your query is urgent please contact Michelle Hughes on Ext. 61964

Thanks.

Val Morris

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Dear Ms Morris,

I assume that you understand the statutory duty the FOI places on authorities, ie to respond within 20 days. The lack of response and the radio silence since your acknowledgement of 7 April 2011 is a little shocking.

Proud to serve?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Williams

Passman, Howard, Croydon Borough Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr. Williams,

Further to your email dated 4 April 2011, in which you have requested
information in respect of Freedom of Information Requests. We have
considered your request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and are able to supply you with the following information in response
to your questions below.

I should be grateful if you could provide me with a list of all the
Freedom of information requests received by the Council for the financial
year 2010/11. I am particularly interested if you could provide the data
in the following format:

(1) The date the request was received by the council.

(2) The summary subject of the request - in less than 20 words

(3) The date the request was acknowledged.

(4) The date the initial final response was given

(5) The status of this response, ie met, not held, rejected

(6) Whether an Internal Review was requested, and if so the date on

which this was completed and the outcome status

(7) Whether the FOI Request to the council's knowledge was referred

to the ICO.

(8) Whether the ICO issued any guidance or instruction to the

council following this referral.

(9) The final outcome after the ICO referral.

Not all of the requested information is held. Please find attached an
Excel document that contains what information is held for the requested
period, this contains the requested information in respect of questions 1,
2, 3 and 4.

To answer questions 6-9 would require a complete review of all the
information held. The Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004 specify an "appropriate limit" for the amount of time the
Council needs to spend undertaking that review. If the Council estimates
it will take more than that, then under s.12 of the FOIA, it is not
obliged to carry comply with that request. The appropriate limit currently
specified by the Regulations for local authorities is £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2½ working days in
locating, retrieving and extracting the information from where it is
stored. We estimate that the cumulative time it would take officers to
carry out this undertaking would exceed the appropriate limit. Therefore,
we are unable to disclose the information you are seeking and will not be
processing your request any further.

If you are dissatisfied with the way the council has handled your request
under the Freedom of Information Act you may ask for an internal review.
This should be submitted to us within 40 working days of this response.
You can do this by outlining the details of your complaint and either:

o e-mailing us at [Croydon Borough Council request email]
o faxing us on 0208 760 5679
o writing to FOI Complaints, London Borough of Croydon, Democratic and
Legal Services, Croydon, CR9 3JS

Any requests received after the 40 working day time limit will be
considered only at the discretion of the council.

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:

o Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely,

Howard Passman

Information Management Manager

Democratic & Legal Services Division

Southside, 5th Floor Taberner House

Park Lane, Croydon CR9 3JS

020 8726 6000 ext. 62318

www.croydon.gov.uk

www.croydononline.org

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