Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Please provide copies of all the expenses above £500 related to the Ludlow Street, Balfour Street and Wellington Road clearance.

Yours faithfully,

Buck U. Fogal

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your correspondence received on 30th September 2011.

Section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 sets out the requirements of a what constitutes a 'valid request' for information and says that a request must, amongst other things, 'state the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence'. The Information Commissioner has provided guidance which states that a public authority is entitled to treat a request as invalid where the real name of the applicant has not been used.

The Authority needs to understand who is making requests so that we can ensure that the correct provisions of the Freedom of Information Act can be applied. Therefore before we can process your request please can you provide 2 forms of identification. Examples of this may include, recent copies of utilities bills to your home address. Once we receive these we can continue to process your request.

If you wish to make a complaint regarding the response above, please contact the Information Commissioner at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,
Information Rights

Information Rights | Support: Business Services
City of Stoke-on-Trent
GF23 Stoke Town Hall Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH
t 01782 232853
e [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

My real name is as given and my email adress is as per original request.

Your demands are in contradiction to the FOI Comission guidelines, which say:

In accordance with the spirit and purpose of the FOIA, the default position of a public authority should be to accept the name provided by the applicant unless there is good reason to enquire further about the applicant’s name, as indicated above.
Even when an obvious pseudonym has been used, as good practice a public authority should still consider the request even though technically it can be regarded as invalid. This approach could be adopted in cases where identity is not relevant to the request and, in view of the general principle within the FOIA of disclosure to the world at large, where the authority is content to disclose the information

Also, please provide information on what base you are asking for 2 forms of the identification, as FOI Act 2002 does not give you such power.

Yours sincerely,

Buck U. Fogal

Louise Kelly, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Information Commissioners Office have written to you on the 10 October 2011 requesting copies of identity in order to meet Section 8(1) requirements.

Following a conversation with the ICO today they have confirmed that you have not yet provided identity. We will not process your requests until this ID has been provided to the ICO.

Please can I advise that you do not make any more requests to us until this issue has been resolved with the Information Commissioners Office.

Yours sincerely,
Information Rights

Information Rights | Support: Business Services
City of Stoke-on-Trent
GF23 Stoke Town Hall Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH
t 01782 232853
e [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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Dear Sir/Madam Louise Kelly,

I have not received any correspondence from Commissioner and neither from you.

Please can I advise that you start following the regulations and there will be no issue to resolve.

Yours sincerely,

Buck U. Fogal

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