Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

This will not be a complaint about you but is in the public interest
under foi can you answer within your contract or answering as ethically as you would behave in the circumstances the following please

Would you allow your agents to issue a indemnity against prosecution for themselves without the
agreement of the council in cases where they have wrongfully seized and to present it to
vulnerable people

Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned?

Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it
meant your business rates were collected .

How would you react if they did this without you knowing?

Yours faithfully,

steve perkins

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Perkins

 

Your request for information ref. SOT84953

 

Thank you for your request for information about the local authority's
approach to the use of bailiff indemnities.  Your request was received by
the Information Rights Team on 04 December 2019.  This is being dealt with
under the terms of the appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

In some circumstances we may charge for information.  If there is a charge
we will let you know, as you will be required to pay this before we deal
with your request.

 

Some information does not have to be released under this legislation.  We
will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
possible.  If another person or organisation is named in the information,
we may have to ask their opinion before we decide what we can give you.

 

You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 03
January 2020 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory
deadline.

 

For your information we may publish the response to your request on our
City Council's website, which can be found at the following address:
[1]www.stoke.gov.uk.

 

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [2]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street

Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

t 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

e [3][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Perkins

 

Your request for information ref. SOT84953 about the local authority's
approach to the use of bailiff indemnities

 

We have now considered your request and a copy of the information is
attached below.

 

The information supplied may be used for domestic or journalistic
purposes.  Its use for commercial gain including issuing to the public,
social media or computer blogs may be subject to the issue of a licence
under the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

Request:

 

Would you allow your agents to issue a indemnity against prosecution for
themselves without the agreement of the council in cases where they have
wrongfully seized and to present it to vulnerable people

Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements
where goods have to be returned?

Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it
meant your business rates were collected.

How would you react if they did this without you knowing?

Response:

 

All actions of the enforcement agents are dictated by The Taking Control
of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014.

As such our enforcement agents acting on our behalf would not consider
breaching these regulations.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to: The Information Rights Manager, Information Rights
Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
ST4 1HH, or email [1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].

 

If, after contacting us, you are not content with the outcome, you may ask
the Information Commissioner for a decision.  Before doing this, please
see the following link for guidance from the Information Commissioner
relating to how to use your information rights responsibly and
effectively, to enable you to gain the best outcome from the process -
[2]http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public.

 

Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you
have already used our internal review procedure. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, tel: 0303 123
1113 or you can visit their website at
[3]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [4]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2  Civic Centre  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

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|  |
| |
|Dear Stoke on Trent City Council, |
| |
|This will not be a complaint about you but is in the public interest |
|under foi can you answer within your contract or answering as ethically |
|as you would behave in the circumstances the following please |
| |
|Would you allow your agents to issue a indemnity against prosecution for|
|themselves without the agreement of the council in cases where they have|
|wrongfully seized and to present it to vulnerable people |
| |
|Have you ever allowed bailiffs to make their own settlement agreements |
|where goods have to be returned? |
| |
|Would you allow enforcement agents to breach the equalities act if it |
|meant your business rates were collected. |
| |
|How would you react if they did this without you knowing? |
| |
|Yours faithfully, |
| |
|steve perkins |
| |
|  |
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Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [6]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [7]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [8]App Store and on
[9]Google Play

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4. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection
5. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
6. https://www.stoke.gov.uk/info/20044/fost...
7. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount
8. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
9. https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...

Dear FOI,

for clarity as per other councils similar replies

are you confirming that they are not allowed under that legislation to breach any of those questions asked

your answer to all those requests therefore is no?

you will be aware that some of those questions relate to equality law and human rights and not the taking control fof goods act.it may serve you well not to rely on taking control of goods act which do not contain elements of human right and equality law

this is the reason for my question in the public interest.we believe councils are ignoring human rights and equality within their bailiff contracts and bailiffs use this to escape contract termination

Yours sincerely,

steve perkins