Dear Aberdeenshire 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. 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

Acknowledge email, Aberdeenshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your information request.

If you are making a request for information under FOI(S)A we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.

If you are making a request for environmental information under EIRs we
will aim to respond within 20 working days. However for requests of a
complex nature it could take us up to 40 working days. If so we will write
and tell you this within 5 working days of receipt.
If you are making a request for information under DPA we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 40 calendar days, following receipt of
the necessary fee.

Regards,
Aberdeenshire Information Enquiries

Education, Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Mr Dave Rowe

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“The Act”)

 

We refer to your request dated 31/08/2017 21:45, for the following
information FOI: 2017 Library Statistics. 

 

We confirm that the Council holds the following information, which we
believe satisfies your request.

 

1. Could you answer if the library service or local authority completes
annual CIPFA library stats.

Yes

 

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

Find attached as Appendix 1.

 

 

Please contact me as the officer responsible for responding to your
request if you have any further queries.

 

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this response, please refer
to the further information below.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

 

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Education & Children's Services

 

 

 

Further Information:

Aberdeenshire Council’s Review Procedure under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland)
Regulations 2004 can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-...

 

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Dear Education,

Thank you very much for your response on this.

In the request I asked for this data in the format it is sent to CIPFA, I believe this should be an XLS file (Excel spreadsheet).

The PDF is not a usable format as is specified by FOI guidelines. Could you forward the original return sent to CIPFA. If personal data needs to be redacted or removed that is fine but could still be done as part of the original format.

Thank you

Dave Rowe

Dear Aberdeenshire Council,

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

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

This request has now become delayed past the legal requirement. is it possible to quickly look into this?

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

Acknowledge email, Aberdeenshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your information request.

If you are making a request for information under FOI(S)A we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.

If you are making a request for environmental information under EIRs we
will aim to respond within 20 working days. However for requests of a
complex nature it could take us up to 40 working days. If so we will write
and tell you this within 5 working days of receipt.
If you are making a request for information under DPA we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 40 calendar days, following receipt of
the necessary fee.

Regards,
Aberdeenshire Information Enquiries

Acknowledge email, Aberdeenshire Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your information request.

If you are making a request for information under FOI(S)A we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.

If you are making a request for environmental information under EIRs we
will aim to respond within 20 working days. However for requests of a
complex nature it could take us up to 40 working days. If so we will write
and tell you this within 5 working days of receipt.
If you are making a request for information under DPA we will respond
within the statutory timeframe of 40 calendar days, following receipt of
the necessary fee.

Regards,
Aberdeenshire Information Enquiries

FOI Reviews, Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

I write to acknowledge receipt of your email dated 29 September, 2017,
requesting a review of the Council’s response to your request for
information relating to library statistics for 2017.

 

On reviewing the correspondence relating to the original request for
information it appears that the information requested has been provided
and the only outstanding matter, I believe, is your follow up request that
the information be provided in Excel format.

 

The Service has now provided the information requested in Excel format
which I attach for your consideration.

 

I trust that this addresses your original information request fully and
would be grateful if you would you be kind enough please to confirm this
is the case and that your request for review is withdrawn.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Clerk to Review Panel

 

 

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Dh’fhaodadh fiosrachadh sochaire, a tha a-mhàin airson an neach gu bheil
am post-dealain air a chur, a bhith an seo. Ma tha thu air am post-dealain
fhaighinn mar mhearachd, gabh ar leisgeul agus cuir fios chun an neach a
chuir am post-dealain agus dubh às am post-dealain an dèidh sin. ’S e
beachdan an neach a chuir am post-dealain a tha ann an gin sam bith a
thèid a chur an cèill agus chan eil e a’ ciallachadh gu bheil iad a’
riochdachadh beachdan Chomhairle Obar Dheathain.

FOI Reviews, Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Mr Rowe

 

I refer to my e-mail of 9 October 2017 concerning your request for review
of the Council’s response to your request for information relating to
Library Statistics 2017.  In the absence of a response to that e-mail and
to comply with the statutory deadline for dealing with the request for
review, the Review Panel met today and found in favour of the Authority.

 

I attach the decision notice and statement of reasons which I trust make
clear how the Review Panel Members arrived at their decision.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Clerk to the Review Panel.

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Dh’fhaodadh fiosrachadh sochaire, a tha a-mhàin airson an neach gu bheil
am post-dealain air a chur, a bhith an seo. Ma tha thu air am post-dealain
fhaighinn mar mhearachd, gabh ar leisgeul agus cuir fios chun an neach a
chuir am post-dealain agus dubh às am post-dealain an dèidh sin. ’S e
beachdan an neach a chuir am post-dealain a tha ann an gin sam bith a
thèid a chur an cèill agus chan eil e a’ ciallachadh gu bheil iad a’
riochdachadh beachdan Chomhairle Obar Dheathain.

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