Library statistics 2021

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Dear Bromley Borough Council,

FAO The Library Service.

Hello, I have two freedom of information (FOI) queries that should be quick. This is being sent to all UK library services so be assured you aren't being singled out! If the operating of the library service has been outsourced to a separate organisation then please fulfil this request by retrieving the response from that body.

1. Does the library service complete annual library statistics to be sent to CIPFA? And specifically, have these been completed for the financial year 2020/2021?

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please include a copy of your 2020/2021 CIPFA library statistics return in your response. This should be sent in the same format as was sent to CIPFA (e.g. an Excel spreadsheet).

It is important that this should be an exact copy of the data sent to CIPFA. I am not requesting any data that is owned by CIPFA, such as their own aggregated reports. As the data is compiled by the library service it is public library data, and subject to Freedom of Information.

To try and cover any concerns about the second part of this request, I have answered a number of potential worries below. Please have a quick look through these before responding!

- Data Format. The data should be sent as structured data in spreadsheet format. Guidelines from the Information Commissioner's Office specify that it is reasonable to request data in a re-usable and "Machine-readable" formats. For example, if the data were exported to a PDF file then that would not be acceptable, as that is a document rather than structured data.

- FOI exemption: accessible by other means. Occasionally, requesters in the past have been told that this data could be exempt from FOI as it accessible from CIPFA when it is published. However this fails the test of being 'reasonably' accessible due to the high cost for a member of the public. This exemption would certainly be overturned on appeal.

- FOI exemption: commercial interest. Commercial interest exemptions do exist in FOI legislation but this would not apply to a single third party (e.g. CIPFA) who use public data. Their commercial interests are in the value they provide in reporting on that data.

Thank you in advance!

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

Dear Bromley Borough Council,

Could I just remind you of this request, the legal deadline for which was 13th October.

It's a relatively small request that requires a Yes/No answer, and if Yes to attach a data file that would already be held.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

On Behalf Of London Borough of Bromley,

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Dear Dave Rowe,

Your request has been successfully submitted. Your Request ID is YHC9EH38D7, please keep this for your records.

Request Id: YHC9EH38D7
Date Submitted: 25/10/2021 03:34 PM UTC
Select request type(s): Freedom of Information Request
First Name (Requester): XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Contact Email: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXcom
Which department do you require information from?: Culture and Regeneration
Please provide details of the requested information :
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I understand that Bromley Council may need to obtain further information from me in order to comply with this request: Yes - I agree
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Regeneration FOI (Group), Bromley Borough Council

Dear Mr Rowe,

 

I would like to apologise for the delay in getting the response to your
FOI back to you.

Please rest assured it is in hand and we will respond to you as soon as
possible.

 

Many thanks for your patience.

 

Charlotte Ryan

FOI Co-ordinator

Culture and Regeneration

 

 

 

Bromley Council now has new webforms for residents to submit requests for
information

To make the following requests for information please use the links below:

[1]Subject Access Request

[2]Freedom of Information Request

[3]Environmental Information Regulations Requests

 

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On Behalf Of London Borough of Bromley,

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Dear Dave Rowe,

A comment has been added to your request (Request ID: YHC9EH38D7).

Please click the button below to access your request in the Privacy
Portal.
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Dear Bromley Borough Council,

I have tried many times, using different email addresses, to access your 'Privacy Portal' but it never sends me a confirmation email.

Could you respond to my request using plain email? I don't believe it is reasonable to expect members of the public to sign up to additional portals to receive responses, not to mention that it doesn't work anyway.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

Regeneration FOI (Group), Bromley Borough Council

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Dear Dave Rowe,

 

FOI YHC9EH38D7 - Rowe

 

Further to your recent FOI enquiry, please see response below.

 

We trust this completes your FOI enquiry which has now been closed.

 

The data will be available to view in the OneTrust Portal for 90 days.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for us to conduct an internal review.

If you are not content with the outcome of our internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted on 0303 123 1113
or 01625 545 74

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Kind Regards

 

Charlotte Ryan

Culture and Regeneration

 

 

Bromley’s Libraries contractor GLL have provided the 2020/21 CIPFA library
statistics return in full, attached, as requested.

This has been completed and sent to CIPFA for the financial year 2020/21.

 

 

Charlotte Ryan

FOI Co-ordinator

Culture and Regeneration

 

 

 

Bromley Council now has new webforms for residents to submit requests for
information

To make the following requests for information please use the links below:

[1]Subject Access Request

[2]Freedom of Information Request

[3]Environmental Information Regulations Requests

 

References

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3. https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200031/d...