Appeals against PCNs

Currently waiting for a response from Barnet Borough Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Barnet Borough Council,

Hello. Please respond to the following questions under the FOIA:

1. You receive a large number of ‘informal challenges’ to PCNs. How many decision-takers determine these appeals? (I know that only one person determines each appeal, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining informal challenges?)

2. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

3. How many decision-makers determine formal representations against PCNs?(I know that only one person determines each appeal, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining informal challenges?)

4. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

5. When a motorist appeals their PCN to the Parking Adjudicator, you decide whether or not to resist their appeal. How many people make these determinations? (I know that only one person decides this for each case, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining informal challenges?)

6. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

7. What qualifications are required of those referred to in questions 1, 3 and 5 respectively?

8. If there is any overlap between those referred to in questions 1, 3 and 5 (ie if there is an officer who determines some informal challenges and some formal representations) please disclose an electronic copy of any guidance, policy or other recorded information setting out how you ensure fairness and that each individual case is considered by different individuals at each stage.

I know this is a moderately complicated request but you can do it. I know you can. I have faith.

Yours faithfully,
G Webber

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Dear Freedom of Information Act,

Apologies, my FOI request just now contained an error in questions 3 and 5 which (as you probably realise) should have read:

3. How many decision-makers determine formal representations against PCNs?(I know that only one person determines each appeal, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining formal representations?)

5. When a motorist appeals their PCN to the Parking Adjudicator, you decide whether or not to resist their appeal. How many people make these determinations? (I know that only one person decides this for each case, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves deciding your stance towards appeals to the Adjudicator?)

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

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Lloyd, Chris, Barnet Borough Council

Dear Mr. Webber apologies but would you send the whole request questions again by return of email?

Best wishes Chris

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Dear Lloyd, Chris,

Please respond to the following questions under the FOIA:

1. You receive a large number of ‘informal challenges’ to PCNs. How many decision-takers determine these appeals? (I know that only one person determines each appeal, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining informal challenges?)

2. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

3. How many decision-makers determine formal representations against PCNs?(I know that only one person determines each appeal, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves determining formal representations?)

4. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

5. When a motorist appeals their PCN to the Parking Adjudicator, you decide whether or not to resist their appeal. How many people make these determinations? (I know that only one person decides this for each case, but I am asking, what is the total number of people whose job involves deciding your stance towards appeals to the Adjudicator?)

6. Who is the employer of these people, you or a contractor?

7. What qualifications are required of those referred to in questions 1, 3 and 5 respectively?

8. If there is any overlap between those referred to in questions 1, 3 and 5 (ie if there is an officer who determines some informal challenges and some formal representations) please disclose an electronic copy of any guidance, policy or other recorded information setting out how you ensure fairness and that each individual case is considered by different individuals at each stage.

I know this is a moderately complicated request but you can do it. I know you can. I have faith.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

Chris Lloyd, Barnet Borough Council

 
Information request
Our reference: 4783829

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Dear G. Webber
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 2 October
2018 

  

We will deal with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Under the Act we must respond promptly and in any event within 20 working
days from the date we received your request.  We will respond to you by 30
October 2018

 

Please note the Act defines a limited set of exemptions from the right to
know.  If we decide not to release any information we shall explain why,
which exemption we are relying on and how you can appeal.

Please note: If you receive a request from us for clarification of your
request please respond to it by the date given.  We will not be able to
process your request if you do not provide the clarification asked for.

 

Yours sincerely
 
 
Chris Lloyd
Information Management Officer
Commissioning Group
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,
London N11 1NP
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Kamalson Bhambra, Barnet Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 4783829

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Please see attached our response to this request.
 
Yours sincerely
  
Kamalson Bhambra
Information and Enquiries Coordinator
Parking Client Team
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,
London N11 1NP
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Dear Kamalson Bhambra,

Thank you. As a supplementary FOI request please can I ask for an electronic copy of all template letters, paragraphs etc used in responding to (i) informal challenges and (ii) formal representations.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

Dear Kamalson Bhambra,

On 1 November I wrote to you requesting “an electronic copy of all template letters, paragraphs etc used in responding to (i) informal challenges and (ii) formal representations“.

Under FOIA your response was due yesterday. I’m happy to allow you until close of play on Monday to get back to me, failing which I will of course have to contact the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

Chris Lloyd, Barnet Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 4914930

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Dear Mx Webber
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 5 November 2018.
 
Please find attached a letter updating you on our progress in responding
to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Chris Lloyd
Information Management Officer
Commissioning Group
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South,
London N11 1NP
Barnet Online: [1]www.barnet.gov.uk
All our [2]Information Management Policies  are on the internet. 
 

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Dear Chris Lloyd,

A public authority extending time under section 10(3) is obliged to state which exemption is engaged: see paragraphs 64 and 65 of ICO guidance here https://ico.org.uk/media/1165/time-for-c...

As you have not done this, you have still failed to fulfil your responsibilities under the FOIA. I look forward to hearing from you very promptly to confirm which exemption or exemptions you are considering the public interest in relation to, failing which the ICO will be hearing from me very promptly.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

Dear Chris Lloyd,

Re 4914930

Just to remind you I’m still waiting and you’re well over the 20 working day limit.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

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