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Sarah Daniels made this Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I wish to make a request for the following information:

1. Please provide an organisation chart showing who is employed in the legal department
by name
when started
how much earning
what qualification?

2: how much money does the company expect to give each trade union this year?

3. who are your external accountants and how much do you pay per year for
audit advice
managemenet advide
special products
tax advice?

4. who are your external lawyers and how much do you pay per year for
managemenet advice
special assignments
tax advice?

Thanks in advance for considering this request.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah

Kent County Council

Dear Ms Daniels

Thank you for your email

Kent County Council does routinely publish details of its in-house Legal
Team on its website
http://www.kent.gov.uk/business/council_...
.aspx and I believe the information available satisfies most elements of
point 1.

With regard to the other elements of your request, Kent County Council
acknowledges your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we will
endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 22nd July 2011 (20 working days from date of receipt).

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this
information or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs
for providing the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/11/0909
- in any communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Caroline Dodge
Corporate Access to Information Coordinator
Information Resilience & Transparency,
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, B48, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, ME14
1XQ
Tel: 01622 221652, Internal 7000 1652,
Fax: 01622 696075
http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...
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Dear Ms Daniels

Thank you for your request for information.

I have embedded Kent County Council's response within your original
request below:

1. Please provide an organisation chart showing who is employed in the
legal department - by name, when started, how much earning and what
qualification? Please see the attached documents which provide an up to
date Legal Services Structure Chart and the Career Grade Schemes for
Solicitors and Legal Assistants.

2: How much money does the company expect to give each trade union this
year? KCC does not give money to trade unions. We do reimburse schools if
they have to hire a teacher who is attending a union activity, but money
is not given to the union.

3. Who are your external accountants and how much do you pay per year
for audit advice, management advice, special products and tax advice? KCC
have not made any payments to the Audit Commission other than those
reported in the Statement of Accounts, therefore please see the figures
below which have been extracted from the Statement of Accounts.

Fees payable to the Audit Commission with regard to external 342,314
audit services carried out by the appointed auditor

Fees payable to the Audit Commission in respect of statutory 3,600
inspection

Fees payable to the Audit Commission for the certification of 13,676
grant claims and returns

Fees payable in respect of other service provided by the 1,875
appointed auditor

*The £1,875 relates to the National Fraud Initiative.

4. Who are your external lawyers and how much do you pay per
year for managemenet advice, special assignments and tax advice? KCC's
Legal Services buy specialist advice from external lawyers through various
Chambers, particularly for child care cases. Last year, Legal spent
£1,506,496 on advice from over 600 different lawyers

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/have...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/11/0909.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information CommissionerÂ*s website
[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Best regards

Jemila Dodge

Corporate Access to Information Officer
Information Resilience & Transparency Team,
Business Strategy & Support, Governance & Law
Kent County Council, B48, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ
Tel: 01622 696265, Internal 7000 6265,
Fax: 01622 696075
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/cont...

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From: Sarah Daniels [[4]mailto:[FOI #77431 email]]
Sent: 24 June 2011 00:10
To: Freedom of Information - EX CED
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Administration Information

Dear Kent County Council,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I wish to make a
request for the following information:

1. Please provide an organisation chart showing who is employed in
the legal department
by name
when started
how much earning
what qualification?

2: how much money does the company expect to give each trade union
this year?

3. who are your external accountants and how much do you pay per
year for
audit advice
managemenet advide
special products
tax advice?

4. who are your external lawyers and how much do you pay per year
for
managemenet advice
special assignments
tax advice?

Thanks in advance for considering this request.

Yours sincerely,
Sarah

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