2017 Library Statistics

Dave Rowe made this Freedom of Information request to Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Bedford Borough Council,

FAO The Library Service.

Dear Library Service,

Hello. I have two requests that shouldn't be much trouble.

1. Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes annual CIPFA library stats. These are as detailed here:

2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please could you send your 2017 CIPFA library stats return (covering financial year 2016/2017)?

It is important that this should be sent in the exact format (a copy of the same file) that is sent to CIPFA.

To try and pre-empt any concerns about this request, there is no reason why the authority should not be able to also supply this data to third parties as well as CIPFA. And in this case it's subject to Freedom of Information, without exemption, as it is data that is compiled and held by the authority.

There are many examples of previous Freedom of Information requests for this data. Only one seemed to be rejected, by Derbyshire County Council, based on their belief that it was exempt as it would be possible to obtain these from CIPFA. This was clearly wrong though, and was overturned on appeal by the Solicitor for the Director of Legal Services in that Council.

If you're interested (though it's not very interesting) you can read it through here:

But anyway, it'll be a good thing so don't worry!

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

Freedom of Information, Bedford Borough Council

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Dear Dave Rowe
Library Statistics
Request pursuant to Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request Nos. 11195 &
I refer to your recent enquiry for information held by the Council. 
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must
state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold
the information you requested.
Please find the information you requested below in bold. 
FOI 11195
1. Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes
annual CIPFA library stats.  These are as detailed here:
- Yes
FOI 11196
2. If the answer to the above is Yes, please could you send your 2017
CIPFA library stats return (covering financial year 2016/2017)? – Please
find attached return.
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Joanna Leigh
PA to Assistant Director
Environment and Sustainable Communities
Bedford Borough Council
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