Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, please could you
provide me with the below.

I am interested in the changes over time and would like to have information if possible from 2000-present.

Ideally, please could I have the amounts and costings for the years 2000/2001, 2009/2010 and 2017/2018.

1) The number of residential buildings owned, let or managed by
your council that are currently managed under property guardianship
schemes and the number of guardians living in the properties
2) The number of non-residential buildings owned, let or managed by
your council that are currently managed under property guardianship
schemes and the number of guardians living in the properties
3) The number of residential buildings currently managed by
property guardianship schemes in your area of which you are aware and the number of guardians living in the properties
4) The number of non-residential buildings currently managed by
property guardianship schemes in your area of which you are aware and the number of guardians living in the properties
5) The addresses of these properties and the company names of the
respective property guardianship schemes.
6) How much money has been paid by the council to property guardianship companies (or how much property guardianship companies have paid to the council if it is the other way around)
7) Why the council decided to use property guardianship companies.

Thank you very much for your help.

Yours faithfully,
Isabelle Ward

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Ms Ward,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 514336

Thank you for your recent request for information from the London Borough of Lewisham. Your request is being handled under either the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Your request is being considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, subject to the application of any exemptions/exceptions. Where consideration is being given to exemptions/exceptions, the 20 working day timescale may be extended to a period considered reasonable depending on the nature and circumstances of your request. In such cases you will be notified and, where possible, a revised time-scale will be indicated. In all cases we shall attempt to deal with your request at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information requested where the request exceeds the statutory limit or where disbursements exceed £10. In such cases you will be informed in writing and your request will be suspended until we receive payment from you or your request is modified and/or reduced.

Your request may require either full or partial transfer to another public authority. You will be informed if your request is transferred. If we are unable to provide you with the information requested we will notify you of this together with the reason(s) why and details of how you may appeal (if appropriate). Please note that the directorate team may contact you for further information where we believe that the request is not significantly clear for us to respond fully.

Kind Regards,

Corporate Complaints and Casework Team

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Rahman, Davina, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Isabelle

 

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

 

Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the
Council’s response next to each heading.

 

1)The number of residential buildings owned, let or managed by your
council that are currently managed under property guardianship schemes and
the number of guardians living in the properties.

 

62 properties.

 

We do not manage the properties so are not aware of how many guardians are
in these properties. Therefore we confirm that the requested information
is not held.

 

We consider that the specific level of data you requested cannot be
retrieved by way of a reasonable search in the relevant electronic
database, we therefore, confirm that the requested information is not
held. The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance on determining
if information is held or not at the following link:

[1]http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

 

We consider that the requested information is not held because:

1.    The requested information is not held in the form of a list or
schedule;

2.    Compiling the requested information does not involve a simple manual
manipulation of information held in files;

3.    The requested information cannot be extracted from an electronic
database by searching it in the form of a query.

 

 

2)The number of non-residential buildings owned, let or managed by your
council that are currently managed under property guardianship schemes and
the number of guardians living in the properties.

 

12 non-residential buildings have guardian on site – 71 guardians.

 

 

3)The number of residential buildings currently managed by property
guardianship schemes in your area of which you are aware and the number of
guardians living in the properties.

 

4)The number of non-residential buildings currently managed by property
guardianship schemes in your area of which you are aware and the number of
guardians living in the properties.

 

We confirm that the requested information for Q3 and Q4 above is not held.

 

We consider that the specific level of data you requested cannot be
retrieved by way of a reasonable search in the relevant electronic
database, we therefore, confirm that the requested information is not
held. The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance on determining
if information is held or not at the following link:

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

 

We consider that the requested information is not held because:

4.    The requested information is not held in the form of a list or
schedule;

5.    Compiling the requested information does not involve a simple manual
manipulation of information held in files;

6.    The requested information cannot be extracted from an electronic
database by searching it in the form of a query.

 

 

5)The addresses of these properties and the company names of the
respective property guardianship schemes.

 

The Council can confirm that we use VPS – Vacant Property Services

 

We are unable to provide full addresses and apply Section 31 Of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 Law Enforcement to this part of your
request. We can however provide partial postcode information as outlined
below.

 

o One in SE8
o 4 in SE13
o Two in SE23
o One in SE26
o One in BR1
o One in SE12
o One in BR3
o One in SE6

 

 

 

We apply Section 31 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ‘Law
enforcement,‘ to your request for addresses

 

Section 31 states:

(1) Information which is not exempt information by virtue of section 30 is
exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be
likely to, prejudice—

(a) the prevention or detection of crime,

(b) the apprehension or prosecution of offenders,

(c) the administration of justice,

(d) the assessment or collection of any tax or duty or of any imposition
of a similar nature,

(e) the operation of the immigration controls,

(f) the maintenance of security and good order in prisons or in other
institutions where persons are lawfully detained,

(g) the exercise by any public authority of its functions for any of the
purposes specified in subsection (2),

(h) any civil proceedings which are brought by or on behalf of a public
authority and arise out of an investigation conducted, for any of the
purposes specified in subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by
virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or
under an enactment, or

(i) any inquiry held under the [1976 c. 14.] Fatal Accidents and Sudden
Deaths Inquiries (Scotland) Act 1976 to the extent that the inquiry arises
out of an investigation conducted, for any of the purposes specified in
subsection (2), by or on behalf of the authority by virtue of Her
Majesty’s prerogative or by virtue of powers conferred by or under an
enactment.

(2) The purposes referred to in subsection (1)(g) to (i) are—

(a) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply
with the law,

(b) the purpose of ascertaining whether any person is responsible for any
conduct which is improper,

(c) the purpose of ascertaining whether circumstances which would justify
regulatory action in pursuance of any enactment exist or may arise,

(d) the purpose of ascertaining a person’s fitness or competence in
relation to the management of bodies corporate or in relation to any
profession or other activity which he is, or seeks to become, authorised
to carry on,

(e) the purpose of ascertaining the cause of an accident,

(f) the purpose of protecting charities against misconduct or
mismanagement (whether by trustees or other persons) in their
administration,

(g) the purpose of protecting the property of charities from loss or
misapplication,

(h) the purpose of recovering the property of charities,

(i) the purpose of securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at
work, and

(j) the purpose of protecting persons other than persons at work against
risk to health or safety arising out of or in connection with the actions
of persons at work.

(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
any of the matters mentioned in subsection (1).

 

This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption as
section 31(1) (a). It is important to remember that when information is
released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is considered
released to the wider public. We confirm that the information is held.

 

This is a qualified exemption and requires the consideration of a public
interest test. In this case we have considered that the public interest
favours non-disclosure. Disclosure of information at this time would
likely prejudice any current or future investigative proceedings in
relation to subsection 2. It is in the wider public interest that the
Council be able to conduct any necessary investigations without prejudice.

 

 

 

 

6)How much money has been paid by the council to property guardianship
companies (or how much property guardianship companies have paid to the
council if it is the other way around

 

Property Guardianship is an option  provided by our Security Supplier.
Therefore it is not possible to provide a separate figure for Property
Guardianship Properties.

 

Therefore, we confirm that the requested information is not held.

 

We consider that the specific level of data you requested cannot be
retrieved by way of a reasonable search in the relevant electronic
database, we therefore, confirm that the requested information is not
held. The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance on determining
if information is held or not at the following link:

[3]http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

 

We consider that the requested information is not held because:

7.    The requested information is not held in the form of a list or
schedule;

8.    Compiling the requested information does not involve a simple manual
manipulation of information held in files;

9.    The requested information cannot be extracted from an electronic
database by searching it in the form of a query.

 

 

 

We hope you will find this information helpful.

 

You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes,
including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes
of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication,
requires the permission of the copyright holder. You may apply for
permission to re-use this information by submitting a request to
[4][email address]

 

You have a right of appeal against this response which you can exercise by
writing to: Information Governance – 1st floor Town Hall Chambers,
Catford, London. SE6 4RU. Or at: [5][email address]

 

This must be requested within 40 working days of the date of this
response.

 

If you remain dissatisfied after receiving this decision, you then also
have a further right of appeal, which you can make in writing, stating
your reasons to the regulating body, the Information Commissioner's
Office. Contact details are outlined below:

 

[6]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113.

 

Address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Davina

Corporate Complaints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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