Basis of assertion in West Sussex Connections that Velo South is expected to raise £2 million for charity

Anthony Davies made this Freedom of Information request to West Sussex County Council

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Dear West Sussex County Council,
In the most recent edition of West Sussex Connections, a newspaper published by West Sussex County Council, it is asserted on the front page that the Velo South event on the 23rd September is expected to raise £2 million for charity.
Please set out all matters relied upon to support that assertion; the source or sources prompting such assertion; the checking for veracity of any or all such sources.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Davies

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Dear Mr Davies,

 

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Dear West Sussex County Council,
Further to my request in relation to the basis of information leading to your assertion that the Velo South cycle ride would generate £2m for charity I received an email reply from Helen Thompson on your behalf on the 21st June last informing me that the usual time scale for the response is 20 working days "that is by or on the 19.07.18".
The email letter continues "If for any reason the Council needs to extend this timescale you will be notified in accordance with the relevant legislation."
It is now the 18th August. I have no information following my request. I have received no notification of the need for any extension. You are obviously well aware of your obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of s10 of that Act, and such knowledge indicates that your failure to comply may be deemed deliberate and certainly cavalier.

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Davies

CI Group FOI,

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Dear Mr Davies

 

I refer to your request dated 20/06/2018, which has been dealt with under
the FOIA.

 

Your request related to Velo South.

 

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds some data relevant to your request.

I am now able to respond to you with the following:

 

The figure included in the article was provided by the organisers of the
event, CSM Active, based on their experience of previous, similar events.

 

Velo Birmingham raised in excess of £2m for official charities and
individual charities competitors chose to support personally. The Velo
South event has four official charity partners who people can apply to
ride on behalf of, they are the Alzheimer’s Society, the British Heart
Foundation, Age UK West Sussex and Restart Rugby. People can also choose
to ride for any charity of their choice.

 

 

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