ICO did MBC give out false information under FOIA - is giving out false information a criminal offence?

Deb Williams made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Swyddfa'r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

Did MBC give out false information under FOIA - is giving out false information a criminal offence?

How many complaints has the ICO received about Maidstone Borough Council.

How many ICO complaints regarding false information under FOIA?

How many investigations including criminal investigations have been carried out by the ICO?

The following FOIA to MBC should not have had to be resubmitted if accurate information had been provided, as it appears impossible that agents can attend hearings when not instructed correctly.

J E Baring Ltd solicitors and Hardwicke Chambers barristers - did MBC give out false information under the FOIA previously, link below?

1.Did Maidstone Borough Council give out false information previously regarding your external solicitors based in London and barristers also based in London.

As you confirmed that you had never instructed any barristers from Hardwicke Chambers either directly or indirectly or via solicitors Bradley Bloom or Allan Hooper who are both partners of their partnership firm and directors of their company J E Baring Ltd (this company was not registered with the SRA until 14.1.2020) to attend any hearings 12.2.2019, 22.3.2019, 4.6.2019 or 17.10.2019.

Hardwicke barristers - Sarah Clarke and Oliver Hyams

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2. Who did you instruct on the following dates and/ or to attend any hearings at the county court at Central London, either directly or indirectly or via solicitors Bradley Bloom or Allan Hooper. As you have already confirmed that you did not instruct either of these solicitors or through their partnership firm and you have never authorised these solicitors to further instruct barristers on MBC behalf.

3. Has MBC instructed, either directly or indirectly any solicitors who are directors of J E Baring Ltd including Bradley Bloom or Allan Hooper on any of these dates listed below, if so on what date was this company instructed and state through which solicitor either Bradley Bloom or Allan Hooper etc.

12 February 2019

22 March 2019

4 June 2019

17 October 2019

23 December 2019

11 February 2021

5. Confirm how it is possible for these solicitors either via their partnership or company to send any barristers from Hardwicke Chambers to act on MBC behalf on the above dates, when you have previously confirmed MBC has never ever instructed any barristers from Hardwicke Chambers to appear on your behalf.

Yours faithfully,

Deb Williams

icoaccessinformation, Swyddfa'r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth

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Gadawodd Deb Williams anodiad ()

Why would Maidstone Borough Council want to conceal which legal entities they have instructed their external solicitors through, either the partnership or the company J E BARING LTD?

And that barristers from Hardwicke Chambers have attended previous hearings and carried out work on Maidstone Borough Council's behalf?

Is it because they have previously stated in the negative as to this solicitors partnership acting in pre-hearings and later instructed them for the actual hearing on 11 February 2021 through their company ?

ICO Casework, Swyddfa'r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth

4 March 2021 

Case Reference: IC-88351-S1C6 

Dear D Williams,

Request for Information
Thank you for your recent communications, in which you have made requests
for information held by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).  
 
Your requests have been passed to the ICO’s Information Access Team for
consideration under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). They are
currently being dealt with under the reference number shown above. 
 
However, I write to confirm that we will require further information
before we can continue to process your request. 
 
Section 8 of the FOIA describes the criteria that a valid request under
the Act must fill. Section 8(1)(b) states that a valid request will ‘state
the name of the applicant’. The ICO has produced guidance regarding this
part of the Act, stating that:
 
“A requester can be an individual, a company or an organisation, but in
each case Section 8(1)(b) requires that a request for information must
include the name of the requester. In our view, the intention of the
legislation is for the requester to provide their real name so their
request could be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
FOIA.”
 
In the definition of what constitutes a ‘real name’ the guidance further
states that:
 
“Any variation of the requester’s title or first name combined with their
surname (e.g. Mr Smith or John Smith) will be sufficient to meet this
requirement. However, a first name or surname provided in isolation, or a
set of initials, will not.”
 
While your request does include a name, we have reason to be believe that
it could be a pseudonym. I do acknowledge that this could not be the case
and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this could cause, but
because of this we would ask that you provide us with proof of identity.
For instance, a copy of your photo ID or a copy of a household utility
bill.

We would not suggest that you publish such information on the internet via
WDTK, but if you could please email this to ourselves. If you email it to
[1][email address] (further details on contacting us, including our
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Yours sincerely,

Sam Saunders  
Lead Information Access Officer 
Information Commissioner's Office

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Dear ICO Casework,

Where is your evidence of belief as an agency of government?

Where is your evidence that ICO is an independent organisation to protect individuals rights rather than coverup for corporations and other organisations of government?

This is a FOIA request not a request for my own personal information.

Yours sincerely,

Deb Williams

icocasework, Swyddfa'r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth

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roi’r wybodaeth angenrheidiol ichi

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cwyn.

 
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Yn gywir

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Gadawodd Deb Williams anodiad ()

Interesting that the ICO is more interested in covering up for Maidstone Borough Council than stating whether or not giving out false information is a criminal offence !

ICO Casework, Swyddfa'r Comisiynydd Gwybodaeth

10 March 2021

Our reference: IC-88351-S1C6

Dear D Williams,

Further to your email of 7 March 2021, I can appreciate that this is a
frustrating situation, however this does not change the fact that we will
need the aforementioned proof of identity to proceed with your request.
This is a course of action available to organisations under the law. If
you would like to read more about this, then you can do so in our guidance
on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) in the section ‘What makes a
request valid?’ [1]here.

Yours sincerely,

Sam Saunders
Lead Information Access Officer
Information Commissioner's Office

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
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