Dear Aberdeen City Council,

FAO The Library Service.

Dear Library Service,

Hello. I have two requests that shouldn't be much trouble. (I submitted this request a few months ago but was asked to resubmit once CIPFA had been done)

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. If it has not yet been sent to CIPFA I'd be happy for you to simply send a copy to complete this Freedom of Information request when you send the data 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

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Rowe,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-17-1241.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 24
August 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 21 September 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Anna Buchan

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Tel 03000 200 292

 

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

Thank you for your information request of 24 August 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

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

[1]http://www.cipfa.org/services/statistics...

Yes, ACC has completed the annual CIPFA library 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.  If it has not yet been sent to CIPFA I'd be
happy for you to simply send a copy to complete this Freedom of
Information request when you send the data to CIPFA.

Please refer to the attached document FOI-17-1241 – 2017 Questionnaire. 
Please note that the document format may be subject to copyright.

 

Please also note that the name and direct contact details of the ACC
officer who completed the Questionnaire have been removed.  Please see
below:

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on the name and direct
contact details of the ACC officer who completed the Questionnaire as it
is exempt from disclosure.  In order to comply with its obligations under
the terms of Section 16 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that we are
refusing your request under the terms of Section 38(1)(b) in conjunction
with Section 38(2)(a)(i) – Personal Information - of the FOISA.

 

In making this decision ACC considered the following points:

 

ACC is of the opinion that Section 38(1)(b) applies to the information
specified above as the information in question is personal information
relating to a living individual, of which the applicant is not the data
subject.

 

ACC is of the opinion that Section 38(2)(a)(i) applies, as we consider
that disclosure of this information would be a breach of the first Data
Protection Principle (that personal information must be processed fairly
and lawfully). The individual has not consented to the disclosure of their
information, and ACC does not consider that they would expect ACC to
release this information about them into the public domain under the
FOISA.

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Anna Buchan

Information Compliance Officer

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HANDLING OF YOUR REQUEST

 

ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

Information Compliance Team
Customer Service
Corporate Governance
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[2][Aberdeen City Council request email]

Tel 03000 200 292

 

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in
your mobile call plan.

Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p
per minute (the same as 01224s).

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
confidential, protected by copyright and may be privileged. The
information contained in it should be used for its intended purposes only.
If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
delete the received email and do not make use of, disclose or copy it.
Whilst we take reasonable precautions to ensure that our emails are free
from viruses, we cannot be responsible for any viruses transmitted with
this email and recommend that you subject any incoming email to your own
virus checking procedures. Unless related to Council business, the
opinions expressed in this email are those of the sender and they do not
necessarily constitute those of Aberdeen City Council. Unless we expressly
say otherwise in this email or its attachments, neither this email nor its
attachments create, form part of or vary any contractual or unilateral
obligation. Aberdeen City Council's incoming and outgoing email is subject
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