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Freedom Of Information Request Vale of White Horse DC (Vale)
17/923 & South Oxfordshire DC (SODC) 17/677
Fri 26/01/2018 16:50
Dear Ms Johnson
Thank you for your Freedom of Informa on requests, which were logged under FOI 17/677 SODC and 17/923
Vale and passed to me to respond accordingly.
Under Sec on 1 of the Freedom of Informa on Act 2000 (the 2000 Act) you are en tled to be informed in
wri ng whether the council holds the informa on speciﬁed in your request and, if that is the case, to have
that informa on communicated to you unless any of the statutory exemp ons apply. I have considered your
request and can conﬁrm that the informa on you have requested is exempt under Freedom of Informa on
Act Sec on 43(2) Commercial Interests.
The council outsources a number of its services to Capita, including the bil ing and col ec on of council tax and
business rates. Capita uses Enforcement Agents (Equita and Ross & Roberts) to col ect unpaid council tax and
business rates on behalf of the council and their Agents do operate body worn video. However, both Equita
and Ross & Roberts, as private enforcement contractors to a number of local authori es, regard its
procurement and opera on to be commercial y sensi ve and therefore as a result believe it to be exempt
from disclosure under sec on 43(2).
Please treat this as the council's formal response under the 2000 Act. If you are not sa sﬁed with the decision
I have made in response to your request, you may complain under the council's complaints procedure. If you
remain dissa sﬁed a er fol owing that procedure, you have the right under Sec on 50 of the 2000 Act to
complain to the Informa on Commissioner if you feel the council has not dealt with your request properly.
You can contact the Commissioner at Wycliﬀe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF (telephone
number: 01625 545745). You can also ﬁnd further informa on at www.ico.gov.uk
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South Oxfordshire District Council
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