Redaction of receivers of funding under Business Support Grants, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure.

Halton Borough Council Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Halton Borough Council,

There are Redaction of receivers to a total of 463 for the sum of £4,735,000 from 2 April 20 to 29 June 20. What safeguards are in place as to the use of the money. Is it to individuals or organisations.
Who independently without money ties to HBC or receivers of the money, audit these payments. Can HBC guarantee the monies are being spent as intended and not retained by an individual.
In the present financial crisis, the broad-brush stroke of redaction used by HBC is not acceptable and in the presence of the recent theft of over a million pounds from the public purse by a Halton resident more openness is needed.
Can you please supply more detail on those you have redacted from the public view.

Yours faithfully,

James A Owen

Halton Borough Council

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Stephen Baker, Halton Borough Council

Dear James Owen,

 

Further to your freedom of information request to Halton Borough Council
covering the following.

 

There are Redaction of receivers to a total of 463 for the sum of
£4,735,000 from 2 April 20 to 29 June 20. What safeguards are in place as
to the use of the money. Is it to individuals or organisations.
Who independently without money ties to HBC or receivers of the money,
audit these payments. Can HBC guarantee the monies are being spent as
intended and not retained by an individual.
In the present financial crisis, the broad-brush stroke of redaction used
by HBC is not acceptable and in the presence of the recent theft of over a
million pounds from the public purse by a Halton resident more openness is
needed.
Can you please supply more detail on those you have redacted from the
public view.

 

Response

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act provides an exemption in
relation to personal data, where the disclosure of such personal data into
the public domain would contravene the Data Protection principles. Any
accounts relating to particular individuals, including companies with a
sole director, would need to be excluded from any information supplied, as
section 40 of the Act provides. These principles are identified in
Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. Disclosure of this information
would be contrary to the first Data Protection principle, which confirms
that personal data should be processed fairly and lawfully.

 

Halton Borough Council awarded the grant to businesses in line with
guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Investment Strategy
(BEIS). The Council is required to undertake assurance checks and results
are reported to BEIS.

 

 

Steve Baker

Divisional Manager

Revenues and Financial Management

Halton Borough Council

Internal No: 167725

External No: 0151 5117725

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