Dear Legal Aid Agency,
Thank you for publishing your spend data here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio.... However, I notice that you haven't published any spending data since September 2017.
I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £25,000 from September 2017 at most a month in arrears from the date at which you publish in response to this request.
Please provide the data in a machine readable format (preferably csv). As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction. Please also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if you have it.
Your team may also be interested in the guidance on producing spending data:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio.... This letter makes it clear that this guidance applies to the NHS: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy....
For the avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.
Dear Helen McNally,
Thank you for your request for information which we received 03/09/2018.
Your request has been passed to me as I have responsibility for
information held by the Legal Aid Agency.
I will respond no later than the statutory deadline of 01/10/2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at
[email address] if you have any questions.
Please ensure you quote our reference FOI/180903014 in any future
Information Governance Team
Dear Ms McNally
Please find attached a response to your recent FOIA request.
Information Governance | Corporate Centre | 102 Petty France, London, SW1H
Legal Aid Agency
Dear Legal Aid Agency,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Legal Aid Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Transactions over £25,000 from September 2017'.
On 3 September 2018, I sent you a FOI request for your expenditure over £25,000 from September 2017 to present.
On 1 October 2018, you responded to my request and provided me with links to the data up to June 2018. However, you refused my request for July and August 2018, citing Section 22 of the FOI Act as grounds for an exemption.
The guidance for publishing spend data for government departments states:
2.10 Spend is to be published one month in arrears, ie by the last working day of the month following the month to which the data relates. If the data is available before the end of the month, it should be published as soon as the department has cleared it for release. This data is to be published in individual monthly files.
2.11 You should not hold up the publication of your data where you have unresolved individual queries. You should publish the cleared data within the publication timescales, and amend the data at a later date if necessary. See section 2.5 for further detail on applying redactions to the data.
This means that the data requested should already be published. For this reason, since the data for July and August should have been available by the time you responded to my request, I would like to request an Internal Review of the initial response to my Freedom of Information request.
Please also take note of this decision notice from the ICO on the use of Section 22 of the FOI Act in these circumstances: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...
I await your response within 20 working days.
Dear Spend Network,
Could you please the reference number of your original FOI so we can link the cases on our system?
Upon receipt of this, we can process your request as an Internal Review, if applicable.
Dear Disclosure Team,
The reference number is 180903014.
Dear Spend Network
I see attached a response to your request for an internal review.
Ministry of Justice Raja Rajendran
Financial Governance Manager
Financial Insight / Group Finance
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Dear Rajendran, Raja,
Thank you for providing me with your data, I appreciate your cooperation.
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