Allowances & Expenses

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Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please would you be able to give me the following financial information.

1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51 councillors that sit at CBC receive.

2. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income (salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received

3. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income (Salary) has your CEO Pat Graham recieved

4. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum of money spent on consultants to CBC

Yours faithfully, have a jolly nice day

jayne laine

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Ms Laine,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Request for Information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded
information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act
2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an
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If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

 

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Telephone 01625 545700

[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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From: jayne laine <[6][FOI #436088 email]>
Sent: 03 October 2017 21:47
To: Info
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Allowances & Expenses

 

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please would you be able to give me the following financial information.

1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51
councillors that sit at CBC receive.

2.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received

3. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income  (Salary) has
your CEO Pat Graham recieved

4.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum
of money spent on consultants to CBC

Yours faithfully, have a jolly nice day

jayne laine

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Dear Clifford Walker,

Regarding question 1.

1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51
councillors that sit at CBC receive.

Please could you show the financial breakdown for each individual councillor.

Could you also please indicate how many committee's/ groups each member sits on representing their ward or CBC (paid / unpaid)

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Dear Clifford Walker,

Eagerly waiting for the results on this one. The 20 working days is soon up tomorrow 30th October.

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Ms Laine,

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding Allowances & Expenses

 

I can advise that the information requested is as follows:

 

1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51
councillors that sit at CBC receive.

1(a). Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income have
the 51 councillors that sit at CBC receive.

Please could you show the financial breakdown for each individual
councillor.

 

Could you also please indicate how many committee's/ groups each member
sits on representing their ward or CBC (paid / unpaid).

 

 1. From the Civic & Mayoral cost centre (23300) there has been payments
totalling £485,072.15 from May 2015 through to the end of August
2017.  This excludes Political Advisor and Mayor Mike Starkie.

 

             I have included Salary, NI, Superannuation, Allowances,
Training Expenses, Car Allowances, Members Allowances.

 

             For information the current Copeland Pay Policy for 2017/2018
can be found below.

 

[1]http://copeland.moderngov.co.uk/document...

 

I have also attached the latest individual Members Allowance Payment
details for 2016/2017 along with the latest lists of Committee memberships
and outside body appointments, (please note both are still to be amended
by Council following the recent resignation of Cllr Hogg)

2.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received

    2.Mayor Mike Starkie, for the same period and coding inclusions totals
£106,994.73.

3. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income  (Salary) has
your CEO Pat Graham received.

    3. Managing Director Pat Graham for the same period as above,
£265,824.28.  This includes Salary, NI, Superannuation, Travel Expenses
and Travel.

4.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum
of money spent on consultants to CBC

   4. £1,040,926, some of which is funded by PPA (Programme Partnership
Arrangements).

 

I hope this is the information you require, but do not hesitate to contact
me if you wish to clarify anything further.

 

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides
are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily
you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

 

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with
how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745

For more information: [2]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [3][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[4]www.copeland.gov.uk, [5][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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From: jayne laine <[7][FOI #436088 email]>
Sent: 03 October 2017 21:47
To: Info
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Allowances & Expenses

 

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

Please would you be able to give me the following financial information.

1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51
councillors that sit at CBC receive.

2.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received

3. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances
/ expenses & special allowances or other financial income  (Salary) has
your CEO Pat Graham recieved

4.  Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum
of money spent on consultants to CBC

Yours faithfully, have a jolly nice day

jayne laine

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Dear Clifford Walker,

Firstly, I would like to thank you very much for replying and getting the info to me regarding the 4 questions – Thank you for the individual financial breakdown of councillors and outside bodies. I will set out below my questions (in brackets) and my response** to each question, which may or may not have been answered either correctly or in full or where I have extra questions arising.

Thank you for indicating how many committee / groups each member sits on (at present) I know that bums on seats has moved around a bit.

My responses and supplementary questions **

(1. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income have the 51 councillors that sit at CBC receive)
You state - From the Civic & Mayoral cost centre (23300) there has been payments
totalling £485,072.15 from May 2015 through to the end of August
2017. This excludes Political Advisor and Mayor Mike Starkie.

**response - Thank you. I note that the information that you have given to me today only covers the period April 16 – March 17 XEL SPREADSHEET – 1 financial year. My FOI did request for it to be from May 2015 until the date this FOI is answered in full. At present that should be nearly 2.5 years on one sheet. Similar to the sheet of attendance that that Mayor Starkie posted on social media. I think it would be fair to say that when posting peoples allowances and salaries next to their attendance it makes for much more reasoned and rational debate.

**Is there no special allowance for being the Chair or deputy Chair of a committee ? – i.e Overview & Scrutiny since May 2015 Have these special allowances been omitted from either committees or outside bodies?

**Could you please extend my question to a full breakdown of the Civic and Mayoral Cost Centre (23300) with the payments totalling £485,072.15 - I wish to see every sum of money that has been spent, who to, and a description of its need from May 2015 until the day you are able to answer this FOI.

** Cliff, Are you saying that the political advisor Salary is a separate cost code - if so please could you also extend my question to see a breakdown of all expenses and salary for this position since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI.

** Please would you also give me a breakdown as to the costs incurred through expenses or allowances / salary's or other payment in kind for sitting on outside bodys for each councillor on the 3rd spreadsheet you have sent to me from Mat 2015 until the date you answer this FOI.

(2. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income (salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received)
**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie. Please would you be able to send me a breakdown of these details.
WOW £106,994.73
Can you explain to me what CODING INCLUSIONS TOTALS means?
Is this GROSS or NET?

(3. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income (Salary) has your CEO Pat Graham received)
**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding Managing Director (not CEO) Mrs Graham. Please would you be able to send me a breakdown of these details.
WOW - £265,824.28. This includes Salary, NI, Superannuation, Travel Expenses
and Travel plus any other benefits or payments.
Is this GROSS or NET?

(4. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum of money spent on consultants to CBC?)

**response – Thank you for letting me know that £1,040,926 MILLION was spent on consultants. Please would you be able to send me a breakdown of these details. Payee number, reason , description of service etc. I take it this is from 2015 may until todays date?

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Dear Clifford Walker,

Just to add - if you could add in the Gross and the NET sum that would be better too.

Thank you Cliff

I understand that this may take a further 20 days to get this info from todays date.

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

Dear Jayne,

I acknowledge receipt of your additional Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For information I have validated this request as FOI 6594/17 and will endeavour to provide a prompt response.

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested. There will be an assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you. You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information. This will be considered and you will be informed if a fee is payable. In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545700
https://ico.org.uk/

Yours sincerely

Cliff Walker
Information Management Officer
Business Support
Copeland Borough Council

Tel: 01946 59 8529
Email: [email address]

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303. www.copeland.gov.uk, [Copeland Borough Council request email]

Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

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Dear Clifford Walker,

Thank you very much

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Jayne,

 

Thank you for your additional request for information regarding Allowances
& Expenses.

 

I can advise that the information requested is as follows:

 

(1).        Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income have
the 51 councillors that sit at CBC receive)

You state - From the Civic & Mayoral cost centre (23300) there has been
payments totalling £485,072.15 from May 2015 through to the end of August
2017.  This excludes Political Advisor and Mayor Mike Starkie.

 

**response - Thank you.   I note that the information that you have given
to me today only covers the period April 16 – March 17 XEL SPREADSHEET – 1
financial year.   My FOI did request for it to be from May 2015 until the
date this FOI is answered in full. At present that should be nearly 2.5
years on one sheet.  Similar to the sheet of attendance that that Mayor
Starkie posted on social media.    I think it would be fair to say that
when posting peoples allowances and salaries next to their attendance it
makes for much more reasoned and rational debate.

 

See below response i.

 

Unfortunately at the time of response due to the well documented recent
cyber-attack I am unable to access the 2014/15 and 2015/16 data sets in
respect of individual allowances claimed.

 

The ICT recovery is an ongoing project with the Council in a
repair/rebuild stage and at the time of writing I am unable to give any
timeframe for possible full recovery.

 

I will retain this part of your request on record as ‘open’ and will
endeavour to provide the required information as soon as I am able.

 

**Is there no special allowance for being the Chair or deputy Chair of a
committee ? – i.e Overview & Scrutiny since May 2015 Have these special
allowances been omitted from either committees or outside bodies?

 

The above attached ‘zip file’ contains the following information which
should clarify the position around Chairman’s Allowances etc.

 

Minute 210317.docx

011015 ChairmansAllowance.docx

210317 IRP Report Appendix A.pdf

210317 IRP Report Appendix B.pdf

210317 IRP Report.pdf

210317 Minute Appendix.pdf

250216 IRP Minute.docx

250217 IRP Report.docx

250217 Report to Council.docx

260215 IRP Report.doc

260215 Minute IRP.docx

260215 Report to Council.docx

 

 

**Could you please extend my question to a full breakdown of the Civic and
Mayoral Cost Centre (23300) with the payments totalling £485,072.15 - I
wish to see every sum of money that has been spent, who to, and a
description of its need from May 2015 until the day you are able to answer
this FOI.

 

i.                    Please see the attached dataset with the data used
to respond to the FOI.  This pivot table runs from May 2015 through to the
end of August 2017.  I was weary of running data to a more recent date due
to the effect of the cyber-attack on financial reporting from the system. 
In worksheet '23300' there is a split of the £485,072.15.  This was the
total of £616,099.30, less Political Advisor £24,032.42 and less Elected
Mayor £106,994.73.  

 

** Cliff, Are you saying that the political advisor Salary is a separate
cost code - if so please could you also extend my question to see a
breakdown of all expenses and salary for this position since May 2015
until the date you answer this FOI.

 

Explanatory document attached above. (Political Advisor)

 

** Please would you also give me a breakdown as to the costs incurred
through expenses or allowances / salary's or other payment in kind for
sitting on outside body’s for each councillor on the 3rd spreadsheet you
have sent to me from Mat 2015 until the date you answer this FOI.

 

Members are entitled to claim travel and expenses in line with the scheme
for attending meetings of outside bodies.  This is claimed through the
same system as if they were attending a meeting here at the Council
Offices and therefore appears as one figure.

 

Under the scheme members attending an outside body which pays travel and
subsistence, would claim through that individual organisations scheme and
not Copeland BCs. As such no record of such ‘external’ claims exists here.

 

(2).        Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received)

**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding the Directly
Elected Mayor Mike Starkie.  Please would you be able to send me a
breakdown of these details.

WOW £106,994.73

Can you explain to me what CODING INCLUSIONS TOTALS means?

Is this GROSS or NET?

 

Again in worksheet 23300 the second pivot table gives a breakdown of
Michael Starkie's pay details.  These are split over detail codes:

 

o 0001 - Salaries
o 0005 - National Insurance
o 0007 - Allowances
o 0610 - Car Allowances – Employees

 

The above are Gross figures.

 

(3).        Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(Salary) has your CEO Pat Graham received)

**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding Managing
Director (not CEO) Mrs Graham.   Please would you be able to send me a
breakdown of these details.

WOW - £265,824.28.  This includes Salary, NI, Superannuation, Travel
Expenses and Travel plus any other benefits or payments.

Is this GROSS or NET?

 

Worksheet '12015' gives a breakdown of the £265,824.28

 

The above are Gross figures.

 

(4). Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full
sum of money spent on consultants to CBC?)

 

**response – Thank you for letting me know that  £1,040,926 MILLION was
spent on consultants.   Please would you be able to send me a breakdown of
these details.  Payee number, reason , description of service etc.  I take
it this is from 2015 may until todays date?

 

Worksheet 'Dt 0011 + 0800 May+' is an overview of the data I was working
with for this query.  I was looking at expenditure incurred on the 'agency
staff' and 'legal & professional services' detail codes in Total.  Then
reducing this by only including invoices that we had paid and only those
that were perceived to be consultants.  I would respectfully request a
clarification of your definition of ‘consultant’ if the above information
is insufficient for your needs. Looking at the data for May 2015 through
to the end of August 2017, the total was £1,524,455.83.  This would reduce
to £1,207,141.13 if you remove ‘Horton Smith’, who are funded via a
programme partnership arrangement (PPA).  The figures are currently £166k
adrift from the £1,040,926, which was a draft figure used whilst I await
clarity on the ‘consultant’ definition.

 

I hope this is the information you require, but do not hesitate to contact
me if you wish to clarify anything further.

 

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides
are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily
you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

 

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with
how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745

For more information: [1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

Cliff Walker

Information Management Officer

Business Support

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

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Dear Clifford Walker,

 

Firstly, I would like to thank you very much for replying and getting the
info to me regarding the 4 questions – Thank you for the individual
financial breakdown of councillors and outside bodies.  I will set out
below my questions (in brackets) and my response** to each question, which
may or may not have been answered either correctly or in full or where I
have extra questions arising.

 

Thank you for indicating how many committee / groups each member sits on
(at present) I know that bums on seats has moved around a bit.  

 

My responses and supplementary questions **

 

(1.         Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income have
the 51 councillors that sit at CBC receive)

You state - From the Civic & Mayoral cost centre (23300) there has been
payments totalling £485,072.15 from May 2015 through to the end of August
2017.  This excludes Political Advisor and Mayor Mike Starkie.

 

**response - Thank you.   I note that the information that you have given
to me today only covers the period April 16 – March 17 XEL SPREADSHEET – 1
financial year.   My FOI did request for it to be from May 2015 until the
date this FOI is answered in full. At present that should be nearly 2.5
years on one sheet.  Similar to the sheet of attendance that that Mayor
Starkie posted on social media.    I think it would be fair to say that
when posting peoples allowances and salaries next to their attendance it
makes for much more reasoned and rational debate.

 

**Is there no special allowance for being the Chair or deputy Chair of a
committee ? – i.e Overview & Scrutiny since May 2015 Have these special
allowances been omitted from either committees or outside bodies?

 

**Could you please extend my question to a full breakdown of the Civic and
Mayoral Cost Centre (23300) with the payments totalling £485,072.15 - I
wish to see every sum of money that has been spent, who to, and a
description of its need from May 2015 until the day you are able to answer
this FOI.

 

** Cliff, Are you saying that the political advisor Salary is a separate
cost code - if so please could you also extend my question to see a
breakdown of all expenses and salary for this position since May 2015
until the date you answer this FOI.

 

** Please would you also give me a breakdown as to the costs incurred
through expenses or allowances / salary's or other payment in kind for
sitting on outside bodys for each councillor on the 3rd spreadsheet you
have sent to me from Mat 2015 until the date you answer this FOI.

 

(2.         Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(salary) has the Directly Elected Mayor Mike Starkie received)

**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding the Directly
Elected Mayor Mike Starkie.  Please would you be able to send me a
breakdown of these details.

WOW £106,994.73

Can you explain to me what CODING INCLUSIONS TOTALS means?

Is this GROSS or NET?

 

(3.         Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what basic
allowances / expenses & special allowances or other financial income
(Salary) has your CEO Pat Graham received)

**response – Thank you for answering this question regarding Managing
Director (not CEO) Mrs Graham.   Please would you be able to send me a
breakdown of these details.

WOW - £265,824.28.  This includes Salary, NI, Superannuation, Travel
Expenses and Travel plus any other benefits or payments.

Is this GROSS or NET?

 

(4. Since May 2015 until the date you answer this FOI what is the full sum
of money spent on consultants to CBC?)

 

**response – Thank you for letting me know that  £1,040,926 MILLION was
spent on consultants.   Please would you be able to send me a breakdown of
these details.  Payee number, reason , description of service etc.  I take
it this is from 2015 may until todays date?

 

Yours sincerely,

 

jayne laine

 

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Dear Clifford Walker,

Thank you very much Cliff. I am happy to wait a bit longer for the info regarding 2015 expenses etc onwards plus the other items.

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Sarah Johnson left an annotation ()

No mention of Campmuir Consulting in the list of consultancy payments - how very interesting..... I'm sure it's just an oversight.

Sarah Johnson left an annotation ()

I note that the pay policy statement included in the responses to this show the MD on a salary of 92k and the Director of Commercial & Corporate Resources on a salary of 80k. However, the response to Doug Paulley's FOI on the appointment of the Director of Commercial and Corporate Resources clearly states that the mayor has now increased the MD's salary to 98k and the Director's salary to just under 93k. It would be interesting to see the performance reviews of the 2 officers involved - they must have both performed outstandingly well to justify these massive increases.

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Copeland Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Allowances & Expenses'.

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Yours faithfully,

jayne laine

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Dear Jayne,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of Copeland
Borough Council's handling of your FOI request 'Allowances & Expenses'.

 

On checking my records I note there are two historical requests validated
and registered here, FOI 6452/17 dated 30 October 2017 and 6594/17 dated
03 November 2017.

 

I have attached copies of both my responses for your convenience.

 

Normally requests for internal reviews should be made within 40 working
days after receipt of our response. The two above requests were closed in
November 2017. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, requests made
more than 40 days after the response will not be considered.

 

Your recent request via ‘Whatdotheyknow’ does not outline details of your
complaint and given the detailed nature of the responses and attachments
your requirements are unclear.

 

Perhaps the submission of a new FOI request outlining your exact and
specific reasons why you disagree with our response or are dissatisfied
with our handling of your request would be beneficial.

 

Best regards

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [1][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
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From: jayne laine <[5][FOI #436088 email]>
Date: Thursday, 29 November 2018, 17:24:27
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[6][Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Allowances &
Expenses

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Copeland Borough Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Allowances & Expenses'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully,

jayne laine

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Dear Clifford Walker,

There are other questions on this FOI that I am still waiting for. You said that it may take some time, I was happy to wait a bit longer, but it has taken much longer than anticipated.

Thank you for what you have uploaded so far though.

Yours sincerely,

jayne laine

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Jayne,

Please accept my apologies for the delay in response to the latest part of your FOI request 6594/18.

Please find attached a data set from the Finance Department which hopefully will address the outstanding issues.

If there are any further matters I can assist with please give me a call,

Regards,

Cliff Walker
Information Governance and Data Protection Officer
Telephone: 01946 598529

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre
Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ

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