PO Box 532
Town Hall Manchester M60 2LA
DX 714441 Manchester 1
Please ask for:
Tel: 0161 600 8599
Our ref: SOL / BLAH39
Date: 5 February 2020
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Re – Request for Information – SOL / BLAH39
Dear Rhi Storer
Thank you for your request for information, which was received by Manchester City
Council on 29 January 2020 and has been considered under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
You have requested the following information:
I would like to know how much money the council has spent on political advisers for
each council department dating from 2010 - present.
I would also like to know how much money or donations the council has spent on
political advisers for each councillor dating from 2010 - present.
We have interpreted your references to political advisers as referring to assistants for
political groups under section 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Providing a legal service for Manchester City Council and Salford City Council.
Manchester City Council has not employed officers in such a role during the period of
Please note if you are not satisfied with this response you may ask for an internal
review. If you wish an internal review to be undertaken you should contact the
Democratic Services Legal Team, whose address is, PO Box 532, Town Hall,
Manchester, M60 2LA, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. A copy of the
Council’s access to information complaints procedure can be downloaded from
plaints_and_appeal_procedure. If you do not have internet access and require a paper
copy, please let me know.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review process, you have the
right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 01625 545700
Fax: 01625 524510
If you have any queries about this letter please contact me. Please remember to quote
the reference number above in any future communications.
Head of Business Support and Development