2017 Library Statistics

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

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Dear Bexley 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:
http://www.cipfa.org/services/statistics...

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:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

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

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 4567496

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Dear Mr Rowe
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 11
September 2017 concerning:

1. Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes
annual CIPFA library stats. These are as detailed here:
http://www.cipfa.org/services/statistics...

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.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 9 October 2017 (which is 20 working
days beginning on the first working day after the date we received your
request).
 
In some cases, a fee may be payable. If we decide a fee is payable, we
will send you a fee notice and we will require you to pay the fee before
proceeding with your request.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review and
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We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
Regards,

Hazel Watson
Complaints and FOI Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 3411
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

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Our reference: 4567496

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Dear Mr Rowe
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 11 September 2017.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Regards,

Paul Fisher
 
London Borough of Bexley Civic Offices 2 Watling Street Bexleyheath Kent
DA6 7AT
Tel: 020 3045 4562
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Dear Bexley Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Bexley Borough Council's handling of my FOI request '2017 Library Statistics'.

It's a little disappointing :-( To summarise:

- I requested the annual library return data that Bexley complete, in particular for 2016/2017.
- I gave a link to a case where a similar request had initially been refused, as the authority believed the data was reasonably available from CIPFA. That was overturned as it was clearly wrong (CIPFA is a private members organisation and the data it holds itself is not free).
- Bexley have responded to make the same argument. That seems like a bit of a waste of time.

To clarify, I am requesting the data that Bexley have completed, that is publicly paid for data. I do not need to pay CIPFA for this. I would like the same file (a computer readable spreadsheet) that is sent to CIPFA. That CIPFA sell data does not give you an exemption I'm afraid.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/2...

Yours faithfully,

Dave Rowe

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 4567496

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Dear Mr Rowe
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 6 October 2017. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
You have expressed concerns that the information is not readily available
in the public domain without providing payment in the first instance.
 
We will provide you with a written response by 3 November 2017. If there
are any delays in providing you with a response we will let you know.
 
In the meantime if you have any further queries about your complaint, you
can contact me on the telephone number given above.
 
Regards,

Hazel Watson
Complaints and FOI Officer
London Borough of Bexley , Civic Offices , 2 Watling Street , Bexleyheath
, Kent , DA6 7AT
Tel: 0203 045 3411
Email: [email address]
www.bexley.gov.uk

Bexley Council, Bexley Borough Council

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Our reference: 4567496

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Dear Mr Rowe
 
I have considered your request for an internal review in respect of the
Refusal Notice in relation to provision of information in accordance with
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
My decision is that the internal review has been successful.
 
The information requested is enclosed.
 
If you remain unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone 0303 123 1133
[1]www.ico.org.uk
 
Regards,

Toni Ainge
Deputy Director Communities Libraries Leisure Park
 
 

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