Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywPhil Hiscott mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.

Use of smart technology to improve maintenance in Council managed social housing

Phil Hiscott made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Lewes District Council as part of a batch sent to 297 authorities

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Dear Lewes District Council,

I am a post graduate student currently undertaking research in to whether the use of internet enabled 'smart' technology can be utilised to improve the efficiency of maintenance in the social housing sector.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would therefore be grateful if you could respond to the following questions:

1. Does your authority retain ownership and management of its social housing stock? If not, please could you provide contact details for the Housing Association(s), ALMO's etc., to whom your stock was transferred?

The following questions need only be answered if you continue to own and manage your social housing stock.

2. How many socially rented properties do you currently own?

3. Does the Council currently use any form of internet enabled smart technology to assist in the maintenance of its properties e.g. smoke alarms linked to a portal so maintenance personnel can identify when the alarm has been disconnected/failed? If so, please could you provide details of the types of devices utilised? Would you be willing to discuss your experience in more detail?

4. If the Council is not currently utilising any such technology, has the issue ever been considered? If so, please could you provide details as to why it was not pursued?

I thank you for your consideration of the above queries and I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Phil Hiscott

Thank you for your information request received today.

 

I am currently reviewing your request and investigating whether there is
any information available for disclosure.  The Council, in accordance with
Section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the Act’), will reply
to your request promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt. Subject Access Requests will be
responded to within one calendar month in line with the GDPR (General Data
Protection Regulation).

 

In accordance with section 8(1)(b) of the Act and related guidance from
the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Council reserves the right to
treat any request for information as invalid unless the requester supplies
their real name.  In such cases, the Council may request proof of
identity.

 

 

Please contact me again if you require any assistance with your request
and I will do my best to provide the relevant help and advice.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Information Governance Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Hiscott,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 19 January 2020
which has been registered under reference FOI 10503.

 

1.  Does your authority retain ownership and management of its social
housing stock? If not, please could you provide contact details for the
Housing Association(s), ALMO's etc., to whom your stock was transferred?

 

The following questions need only be answered if you continue to own and
manage your social housing stock.

 

2.  How many socially rented properties do you currently own?

 

3.  Does the Council currently use any form of internet enabled smart
technology to assist in the maintenance of its properties e.g. smoke
alarms linked to a portal so maintenance personnel can identify when the
alarm has been disconnected/failed? If so, please could you provide
details of the types of devices utilised? Would you be willing to discuss
your experience in more detail?

 

4.  If the Council is not currently utilising any such technology, has the
issue ever been considered? If so, please could you provide details as to
why it was not pursued?

 

As the Council has concerns over the receipt of anonymous and, possibly,
pseudonymous requests, it has decided to tighten procedures and reserves
the right to ask for proof of identity. Therefore I would appreciate it if
you could provide, electronically or otherwise, some proof of your
identity.

 

The usual forms of proof such as passport, drivers licence or a utility
bill are acceptable but other formats will be considered as long as they
demonstrate the genuine identity of the requestor.

 

A request for information must contain the ‘real name’ and address of the
requestor:

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 8(1)(b):

 

In this Act any reference to a “request for information” is a reference to
such a request which—

 

        “…states the name of the applicant and an address for
correspondence”

 

I have attached the ICO guidance (Identity or motives of the applicant)
and would draw your attention to the section on page 4.

 

Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Governance
Appeals Officer -

 

Information Governance Appeals Officer

Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

1 Grove Road

EASTBOURNE

BN21 4TW

 

Email: [1][email address]

 

In the meantime your request has been put on hold until I receive your
reply.  If I do not hear from you within 20 working days of the date of
this email I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your
information request, and will take no further action.

 

Regards,

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Kevin Rance

Information Governance Officer

Tel: +44(0)1273 471600

[2][email address]

Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District
Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

 

Lewes District Council: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB 
[3]www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk. Minicom 01273 484488 Eastbourne Borough
Council: 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TW 
[4]www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk. Text Relay 18001 01323 410000

 

 

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Dear Lewes District Council,

Thank you for your email seeking confirmation of my identity in order to consider my request for information under the FOIA 2000.

I note you have kindly provided a copy of the document outlining the circumstances under which you are entitled to seek confirmation of identify prior to responding to a FOI request and referred me specifically to the section on page 4.

Having read the section in question I am however unclear on what basis you believe this exemption applies. My name is clearly stated within my original request, as I would note, is my reasoning for the enquiry even though you will be aware I am not required to provide this. Presumably therefore your request for proof of identity is based on your clear view my name is an 'obvious pseudonym'.

I must advise I have no intention of providing any further proof of my identity. I believe your refusal to respond to my initial request is based on nothing more than a flagrant attempt to subvert the requirements of the FOIA.

I respectfully request that you reconsider your refusal to provide the requested information lest I be forced not only to pursue an internal review of your decision, but also an appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Hiscott

Dear Mr. Hiscott,

Thank you for your email dated 22 January 2020.

As mentioned in my previous email the Council has concerns over anonymous and, possibly,
pseudonymous requests, and as the website you are using allows for the use of pseudonyms (and has guidance on the use of them) we require proof that the name you are submitting under is genuine.

I note your assertion that you do not intend providing evidence of your identity so must remind you that your request will remain on hold until proof is received.

The Council is not seeking to 'subvert the requirements of the FOIA' and will reply to any request from an identifiable person but instead is to protect itself from receiving multiple, extensive requests with multiple pseudonymous names emanating from a single source.

If I do not hear from you within 20 working days of the date of the original email I will assume that you no longer wish to proceed with your information request, and will take no further action.

Regards,

Kevin Rance
Information Governance Officer
Tel: +44(0)1273 471600
[email address]
Lewes and Eastbourne Legal Services acting on behalf of Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Lewes District Council: Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB  www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk. Minicom 01273 484488 Eastbourne Borough Council: 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TW  www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk. Text Relay 18001 01323 410000

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Nid ydym yn gwybod a yw'r ymateb mwyaf diweddar i'r cais hwn yn cynnwys gwybodaeth neuai peidio - os chi ywPhil Hiscott mewngofnodwch a gadael i bawb wybod.