Dear Croydon Borough Council,

1, Please provide a list of all third-party organisations which enjoy the use of council office space, for each calendar year from January 2013.

2, For each tenant, please provide details of the size of the office used, and the duration of the use of the office space.

3, Detail where the office space is located.

4, Please detail the amount of rent and service charges paid by each tenant for each rental period (whether monthly or annually, or part of a year).

5, Please provide all correspondence between the council and third parties in establishing the use of the council premises.

Yours faithfully,

S Downes

Freedom of Information,

 

Dear Mr Downes

 

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Joanne Welch-Hall

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Croydon Council

 

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Dear Croydon Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Croydon Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Third-party uses of council offices'.

By law, I was due a response by Dec 18.

Please expedite.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Downes

Dear Croydon Borough Council,

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

On Nov 19 2017, I sent you an FoI request 'Third-party uses of council offices'.

By law, I was due a response by Dec 18.

On Dec 25, 2017, I wrote highlighting this breach of the law by Croydon Council, and requested an internal review.

I have had neither the courtesy of an acknowledgement nor a reply to that request.

I therefore would like to add an additional request for information, and now require copies of all correspondence relating to this FoI request between council officers and members since Nov 18, 2017, to today's date, Jan 4, 2018.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Downes

Freedom of Information,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Downes

Freedom of Information Request

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

Please see attached the council's response to your Freedom of Information
request.

Yours sincerely

 

Ash Riaz

FOI Coordinator

Croydon Council

 

Council services, online, 24/7 www.croydon.gov.uk/myaccount Download our
new free My Croydon app for a faster, smarter and better way to report
local issues www.croydon.gov.uk/app From 1 October 2015, it is a legal
requirement for all privately rented properties in Croydon to be licensed.
Landlords without a licence could face fines of up to £20,000. For more
information and to apply for a licence visit
www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent Please use this web site address to
view the council's e-mail disclaimer -
http://www.croydon.gov.uk/email-disclaimer

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your response, which is more than one month overdue.

Unfortunately, you say that you have provided the information requests in two spreadsheets "attached", but you have failed to attach the attachments.

So you have failed to answer the information request.

Please also note my additional information request in my previous referral for an internal review, namely:
"I ... now require copies of all correspondence relating to this FoI request between council officers and members since Nov 18, 2017, to today's date, Jan 4, 2018."

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information,

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Downes,

Apologies, please see attached.

Your subsequent request is in hand.

Steven Borg
Information Co-ordinator
Croydon Council

Digital Council of the Year

ICT Client Unit (ICU)
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
Information Team
Resources Department
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

For Subject Access Request queries please email - [email address]
For Freedom of Information Request queries please email - [email address]

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Freedom of Information,

 

Dear Mr Downes

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Thank you for your recent request.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the application of
any exemptions. Where consideration is being given to exemptions the 20
working day timescale may be extended to a period considered reasonable
depending on the nature and circumstances of your request. In such cases
you will be notified and, where possible, a revised time-scale will be
indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with your request at the
earliest opportunity.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information requested where the request exceeds the statutory limit or
where disbursements exceed £450. In such cases you will be informed in
writing and your request will be suspended until we receive payment from
you or your request is modified and/or reduced.

 

Your request may require either full or partial transfer to another public
authority. You will be informed if your request is transferred.

 

If we are unable to provide you with the information requested we will
notify you of this together with the reason(s) why and details of how you
may appeal (if appropriate).

 

Please note that the directorate team may contact you for further
information where we believe that the request is not significantly clear
for us to respond fully.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joanne Welch-Hall

FOI Co-ordinator

Croydon Council

 

Information in relation to the London Borough of Croydon is available
at [1]http://www.croydonobservatory.org/. Also responses to previous
Freedom of Information requests can also be found on the following link

[2]https://croydondata.wordpress.com/ Council services, online, 24/7
www.croydon.gov.uk/myaccount Download our new free My Croydon app for a
faster, smarter and better way to report local issues
www.croydon.gov.uk/app From 1 October 2015, it is a legal requirement for
all privately rented properties in Croydon to be licensed. Landlords
without a licence could face fines of up to £20,000. For more information
and to apply for a licence visit www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent
Please use this web site address to view the council's e-mail disclaimer -
http://www.croydon.gov.uk/email-disclaimer

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Derby, James,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Downes

I write regarding your email below; you have requested an internal review of the FOI request you submitted to the Council on 19th November 2017; please find below the outcome of my internal review.

In undertaking this internal review, I have examined your request for information and also examined the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), relevant guidance notes and decision notices from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the First Tier Tribunal. I have then set out my decision as to whether or not the Council complied with its obligations under the FOIA.

Section 1 of the FOIA gives a general right of access to information held by a public institution. Where the information requested is held by the pubic authority, it should communicate the information to the requestor. This is however subject to exemptions available under the FOIA.

Section 10 of the FOIA provides that a public authority must comply with section 1 (1) of the FOIA promptly and in any event not later than the 20th working day following the date of receipt of the FOI request.

The issue for determination in this internal review is whether the Council has complied with its obligations under Section 10 FOIA. Your FOI request was received by the Council on 19th November 2017, the Council ought to issue with you a response pursuant to Section 1 FOIA promptly but not later than 20 working days from date of receipt of the request i.e. a response must be issued by 15th December 2017.

I note that as that the date of your email below ( 25th December 2017) you have not been issued with a response by the Council; you have also not been provided any reasons for the delay in responding to your FOI request. It is therefore my view that the Council has breached its obligation under Section 10 of the FOIA.

Following your request for internal review, I contacted the Council FOI team regarding the delay in processing your request; I have since been informed that a substantive response was issued to you on 11th January 2018. (copy attached). Please accept the Council's apology for the delay in processing your FOI request.

I hope you find this satisfactory; if you however remain dissatisfied with this decision, you may refer the matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or at [email address].

James Derby
Corporate Solicitor
Legal & Democratic Services
Resources Department
London Borough of Croydon
Bernard Weatherhill House
8 Mint Walk
CR0 1EA
Tel: 020 8760 6000 Ext. 61359
Fax: 020 8760 5657

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Dear Derby, James,

Thank you for your response to my request for an internal review of the handling of my FoI request.

I note that you have found "that the Council has breached its obligation under Section 10 of the FOIA".

I have indeed since then received a full and helpful response, providing the information I requested. But I have never had any explanation from the council for its failure to abide by the requirements of the law and to provide that information in a timely manner.

As I am sure you are aware, this is not the first time that responses have been inexplicably delayed, or part of the information has not been provided, or requests have been denied on spurious grounds which, when challenged, have been dropped.

You write, "I hope you find this satisfactory". Actually, I do not, and I would like you and your colleagues to know that this is far from satisfactory, and I shall be logging this with the Information Commissioner’s Office, to add to the other complaints they have received about Croydon Council's constant misconduct.

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information,

3 Atodiad

Dear Mr Downes,

 

Again, apologies for the delay.

 

Further to the Final Response attached, please also see the attached
service charge spreadsheet that summarises both the annual rent and
service charge for the years requested.

 

Please note that given the service charge year runs from 1st April - 31st
March, the figures for service charge in the spreadsheet cover the
financial rather than calendar year. The charges for 2017 are also based
on current charges for the calendar year up to 31st March 2018, and may
change once the end of year service charge reconciliation takes place.

 

Your request for internal correspondence will be sent to you shortly.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steven Borg

Information Co-ordinator

Croydon Council

 

 [1]cid:995D36CC-63D9-452C-921A-47E295D9BC0F

Digital Council of the Year

 

ICT Client Unit (ICU)

Customer Transformation and Communications Services

Information Team

Resources Department

7^th Floor, Zone B

Bernard Weatherill House

8 Mint Walk

Croydon CR0 1EA

 

For Subject Access Request queries please email -
[2][email address]

For Freedom of Information Request queries please email -
[3][email address]

 

 

From: Information
Sent: 11 January 2018 15:18
To: Stephen Downes <[FOI #447523 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: F/CRT/10008659 EMAILID042503237

 

Dear Mr Downes

Freedom of Information Request

Please accept our apologies for the delay.

Please see attached the council's response to your Freedom of Information
request.

Yours sincerely

 

Ash Riaz

FOI Coordinator

Croydon Council

 

Council services, online, 24/7 www.croydon.gov.uk/myaccount Download our
new free My Croydon app for a faster, smarter and better way to report
local issues www.croydon.gov.uk/app From 1 October 2015, it is a legal
requirement for all privately rented properties in Croydon to be licensed.
Landlords without a licence could face fines of up to £20,000. For more
information and to apply for a licence visit
www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent Please use this web site address to
view the council's e-mail disclaimer -
http://www.croydon.gov.uk/email-disclaimer

References

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3. mailto:[email address]

Freedom of Information,

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Downes 

Freedom of Information Request

Please see attached the council's response to your Freedom of Information
request.

Yours sincerely

 

Steven Borg

FOI Coordinator

Croydon Council

 

Council services, online, 24/7 www.croydon.gov.uk/myaccount Download our
new free My Croydon app for a faster, smarter and better way to report
local issues www.croydon.gov.uk/app From 1 October 2015, it is a legal
requirement for all privately rented properties in Croydon to be licensed.
Landlords without a licence could face fines of up to £20,000. For more
information and to apply for a licence visit
www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent Please use this web site address to
view the council's e-mail disclaimer -
http://www.croydon.gov.uk/email-disclaimer

Dear Freedom of Information,
Mr Borg,

Thank you, and your team, for your efforts on my behalf.

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

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