NHF scheduled rates version 6 together with calculation charts used by BHCC to convert the 2008 to current prices

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Brighton and Hove City Council.

Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

I would like to be sent the information listed below. I have been in contact with BHCC for over a year repeatedly requesting and waiting for this information and now notified of another delay to receive this, being told I now need to apply again via your Request form.

NHF scheduled rates version 6 (agreed and currently used in your long term agreement with MEARS to work out the costs for works).
Together with the exact calculation charts/figures used by BHCC to convert the 2008 figures in Version 6 up to todays 2016/2017 prices.

Yours faithfully,
Michelle Alford & Heather Davary.

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Please find set out below the information in response to the above request
FOI 7936:

 

NHF scheduled rates version 6 (agreed and currently used in your long term
agreement with MEARS to work out the costs for works).

Together with the exact calculation charts/figures used by BHCC to convert
the 2008 figures in Version 6 up to todays 2016/2017 prices.

 

Please see the attached list of schedules in operation on the contract.
This information does not include specific rates as that information is
deemed commercially sensitive.

 

The pricing information section of the document is being withheld because
it is exempt under section 43(2) FOIA . Section 43(2) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 provides that: “Information is exempt information if
its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the
commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding
it)”.  The Council has consulted with Mears Ltd with regard to this
request and having considered the response  agree that the, disclosure of
the information would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of
the Service Provider. The company operates in a competitive market place
and the pricing information would be of value to the company’s competitors
in preparing future competitive tenders. 

 

The exemption under s 43 FOIA is a qualified exemption. That is to say
that, notwithstanding the application of the exemption, the Council
must still be satisfied that the public interest in withholding the
information is greater than the public interest in disclosing it.

 

The Council acknowledges the public interest in transparency and
accountability in the spending of public money. This is recognised by the
disclosure of all items of expenditure over £500.00.  However there are
significant benefits to the Council which, as it must, operates in the
commercial world, in respecting the right of confidentiality in respect of
individual pricing structures so that contractors feel confident in
putting their best prices forward in competitive situations so that the
council can obtain best value for money.

 

After considering the arguments outlined above, I have concluded that the
public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public
interest in disclosure of the pricing information in the requested
document. 

 

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are related to a property that you have an interest in please contact us
with job reference details and we will investigate this for you.

 

 

 

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