MTP [Margate Town Partnership] funding

Cliftonville & Margate Future's Group made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to South East England Development Agency

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Cliftonville & Margate Future's Group

Dear South East England Regional Development Agency,

We, from 15 groups** ie Residents' Associations, business groups and other community organisations, are writing to request information about your funding of the following organisations or projects. Specifically, we would like to know

MTP [Margate Town Partnership]
1. What is the relationship between MTP and SEEDA?
2. What is the relationship between MTP and Margate Renewal Partnership?
3. Has any money from SEEDA funds been given to the MTP since 1 January 2005? If so, how much was given in each of the 5 financial years ending on 31 March 2010? Will you please also report:
i. What were the conditions under which the money was given and have the recipients of the money complied with those conditions?
ii. How has that compliance been verified by SEEDA officers?
iii. What action has been taken, or is to be taken, if the recipients have not complied with the conditions of the funding?

Our preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.

Many public authorities release their contracts with private vendors in line with the Freedom of Information Act. The exemption for commercial interest under the Act (section 43) is a qualified exemption, which means information can only be withheld if it is in the public’s interest. The public have an interest in knowing the terms of contracts and grants awarded by public authorities, whether or not public money changes hands immediately.

If you are relying on section 41 (the exemption for legal breach of confidence) then we would like to know the following:
• When these confidentiality agreements were agreed
• All correspondence and email in which these confidentiality agreements were discussed.
• The precise wording of the confidentiality agreements

We ask these questions because guidance issued by both the Lord Chancellor (draft guidance on FOI implementation) and the Office of Government Commerce (Model terms and conditions for goods and services) specifically state that public authorities should not enter into these types of agreements. They go directly against the spirit of the laws of disclosure. We would also point to the Information Commissioner’s guidance on accepting blanket commercial confidentiality agreements: ‘Unless confidentiality clauses are necessary or reasonable, there is a real risk that, in the event of a complaint, the Commissioner would order disclosure in any case.’

Finally, within the law of confidence there is also a public interest test. Therefore, the information should be disclosed in full. If any parts are redacted they must be for information that can be proven to be a legal breach of confidence in court, and only then where secrecy can be shown to be in the public interest. These are difficult positions to argue when public money is at stake or where a public authority is offering a private company a monopoly to charge its stakeholders.

We would be grateful if you could confirm, in writing, that you have received this request, and we look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Regards

Cliftonville & Margate Future's Group

** Arlington House Residents' Association, Cliftonville Partnership, Cliftonville Residents Assoc, DAAG, Dalby Sq Project, Dane Valley Woods, Godwin Rd, GRASS, Grotto Hill, Hawley Square, Margate Civic Society, Old Town Action Group, Senior Citizens’ Forum, SRAAG, St Paul’s Community Centre

Daniel Lo Russo, South East England Development Agency

Thank you for your email.

I will be out of the office until the 23rd June and will respond to your email upon my return.

If you have an urgent enquiry relating to the Freedom of Information Act or Parliamentary Questions please forward this tol [email address].

Regards

Dan Lo Russo
Head of Information

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FOI, South East England Development Agency

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Please find attached our acknowledgement of your FOI Request

Regards

Hayley khennouchi

Hayley Khennouchi

Information Manager

SEEDA

Cross Lanes

Guildford GU1 1YA
Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01483 484 241

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Paul Lovejoy, South East England Development Agency

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Dear Madam/Sir,

Please find attached SEEDA's response to your Freedom of Information
request.

<<R00229 - Reply Letter.pdf>>

Paul Lovejoy
Executive Director, Strategy
SEEDA
Cross Lanes
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 1YA
Tel: 01483 484223
Fax: 01483 577874
Email: [email address]

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