Dear Carmarthenshire 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

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Diolch am eich gohebiaeth.

Os ydych yn gwneud cais am wybodaeth, bydd y cyfnodau isod yn berthnasol:

Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 (DRhG) a’r Rheoliadau Gwybodaeth
Amgylcheddol 2004 (RhGA) - 20 diwrnod gwaith, oni bai bod angen eglurhad
arnom ynghylch y wybodaeth yr ydych yn gofyn amdano. 

O ganlyniad i’r sefyllfa bresennol gyda'r firws COVID-19 a'r effaith ar
rai o wasanaethau'r Cyngor, gall fod angen i flaenoriaethu ceisiadau DRhG
a RhGA, yn dibynnu ar y wybodaeth y gofynnir amdani. Ymddiheurwn am hyn.

Deddf Diogelu Data 2018 a’r GDPR (ceisiadau am ddata personol) – un mis ar
ôl derbyn y cais.

Os bydd angen eglurhad arnom ar unrhyw agwedd o’ch cais, byddwn yn
cysylltu â chi mor gynted ag y bo modd.

 

 

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

 

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Dear Carmarthenshire 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

Dear Carmarthenshire Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Carmarthenshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'Library statistics 2021'.

You have not responded to this request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/li...

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Rowe,

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 15^th
September 2021 and has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.  Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in providing
this response.

 

The specific information you requested was set out in your email, as
below.

 

In response, the Council does provide library statistics to CIPFA and
these have been provided for 2020/21.  Please find attached an excel file
which contains the relevant information held by the Council.

 

Your right of appeal

 

If you are unhappy with the way in which your request has been dealt with,
you have the right to make an appeal in the first instance to:

 

The Head of Administration & Law

Carmarthenshire County Council

County Hall

Carmarthen

SA31 1JP

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

If you remain unhappy with the handling of your request or complaint, you
have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [2]www.ico.gov.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tȋm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

TG a Pholisi Corfforaethol

Adran y Prif Weithredwr

Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

 

Information Governance Team

ICT & Corporate Policy

Chief Executive’s Department

Carmarthenshire County Council

 

 

 

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Dear FOIA,

Thanks for this.

To clarify - you have sent the first tab of the data that is usually collected, that contains Service Points.

Was the rest of the statistical information not completed?

Yours sincerely,

Dave Rowe

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

Diolch am eich gohebiaeth.

Os ydych yn gwneud cais am wybodaeth, bydd y cyfnodau isod yn berthnasol:

Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 (DRhG) a’r Rheoliadau Gwybodaeth
Amgylcheddol 2004 (RhGA) - 20 diwrnod gwaith, oni bai bod angen eglurhad
arnom ynghylch y wybodaeth yr ydych yn gofyn amdano. 

O ganlyniad i’r sefyllfa bresennol gyda'r firws COVID-19 a'r effaith ar
rai o wasanaethau'r Cyngor, gall fod angen i flaenoriaethu ceisiadau DRhG
a RhGA, yn dibynnu ar y wybodaeth y gofynnir amdani. Ymddiheurwn am hyn.

Deddf Diogelu Data 2018 a’r GDPR (ceisiadau am ddata personol) – un mis ar
ôl derbyn y cais.

Os bydd angen eglurhad arnom ar unrhyw agwedd o’ch cais, byddwn yn
cysylltu â chi mor gynted ag y bo modd.

 

 

Tîm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

FOIA, Carmarthenshire Council

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Rowe,

Thank you for your further email.

We can confirm that the remainder of the information was completed/submitted to CIPFA and this is attached. We apologise for omitting this data in our previous response.

Yours sincerely

Tȋm Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth
TG a Pholisi Corfforaethol
Adran y Prif Weithredwr
Cyngor Sir Gaerfyrddin

Information Governance Team
ICT & Corporate Policy
Chief Executive’s Department

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