Amount now OWED TO BRIGHTON AND HOVE COUNCIL BY i360 Ltd

Rob Heale made this Freedom of Information request to Brighton and Hove City Council

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Please answer under the provisions of the Freedom Of Information Act:-
1. What was the amount owed to the Council by i360Ltd for the six month period up until 31st December 2021?
2. What is the CUMULATIVE amount now owed to the Council from i360Ltd (i.e. including the amount due in December)?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Freedom of Information request
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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
I am writing to question your failure to respond to my F.O.I. request in full. It is my view that this is important information for the residents of this City to know, given that £40.2Million was lent to the i360 and that the i360 is making large losses that could impact on the City's finances.

I note that you did not include a calculation or explanation of the costs involved in providing the information. It would be useful if you could do so, to allow me to understand how best to re-frame my request and not exceed the cost limit.

As I am sure you are aware, the FOI Act states that it is "the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so", and the ICO consider it best practice to provide "arguments or evidence" when applying this exemption.

I feel that the full amount cumulatively owed to the Council by the i360 should be stated clearly in the response so that the citizens of this City know the facts. I believe that the I.C.O. would have sympathy with that argument.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Heale

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Dear Mr Heale,
 
Thank you for your email.
 
In our response to you (attached), the following line was included:
"The debt up to 30 June 2021 was £41.662 million therefore the overall
debt as at 31 December 2021 is £43.154 million."
 
If you wish to raise an Internal Review of our response then please
confirm this.
 
Kind regards,
  Information Rights Team.
 

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
I am writing to question your failure to respond to my F.O.I. request in
full. It is my view that this is important information for the residents
of this City to know, given that £40.2Million was lent to the i360 and
that the i360 is making large losses that could impact on the City's
finances.

I note that you did not include a calculation or explanation of the costs
involved in providing the information. It would be useful if you could do
so, to allow me to understand how best to re-frame my request and not
exceed the cost limit.

As I am sure you are aware, the FOI Act states that it is "the duty of a
public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be
reasonable to expect the authority to do so", and the ICO consider it best
practice to provide "arguments or evidence" when applying this exemption.

I feel that the full amount cumulatively owed to the Council by the i360
should be stated clearly in the response so that the citizens of this City
know the facts. I believe that the I.C.O. would have sympathy with that
argument.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Heale

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
My request is the AMOUNT OWED CUMULATIVELY BY i360 TO THE COUNCIL. In my earlier request in September 2021, you stated that the CUMULATIVE AMOUNT OWED TO THE COUNCIL BY i360 was about £8.6Million. What is is now?

Yours sincerely,

Rob Heale

Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Brighton and Hove City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Amount now OWED TO BRIGHTON AND HOVE COUNCIL BY i360 Ltd'.

I have asked for the amount CUMULATIVELY owed by i360Ltd to Brighton and Hove City Council. In my earlier request of September 2021 you stated that the amount owed CUMULATIVELY to the Council by i360Ltd was £8.6MILLION.

I am asking you what the amount owed CUMULATIVELY to the Council is now because i360Ltd are due to make payments to the council EVERY SIX MONTHS and the September request referred to the amount owed CUMULATIVELY at the end of June.

The Council Tax Payers of this City deserve to know this. £40.2MILLION of PUBLIC FUNDS was put into i360Ltd through the Council, which is a very large amount of money.

For the sake of freedom of information, open-ness and transparency, the answer to my request should be put in a clear and easy to understand format.

How much does i360Ltd owe the Council now CUMULATIVELY

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

We look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

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Dear Brighton and Hove City Council,
Please note that the Council have again failed to state the CUMULATIVE AMOUNT NOW OWED TO THE COUNCIL by i360 Ltd or by its other incorporations.

The Loan of PUBLIC MONEY to the i360 of £40.2MILLION was such a large one that the Council Tax payers and residents of Brighton and Hove deserve to have a clearly stated cumulative amount of what the Council is owed.

The CUMULATIVE amount was previously given in Council Documents for an earlier date and was also given in a previous Freedom Of Information reply. The amount owed has now risen considerably since then.

It is important that the Council makes the sum now owed cumulatively absolutely clear to all Councillors and Residents of the City for the sake of transparency, open government and democracy.

I am therefore asking for a formal INTERNAL REVIEW of this question, which will be followed up by a referral to the Information Commissioners Office if necessary.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

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