Bedrooms Occupied

John Clark made this Freedom of Information request to St Mary's University, Twickenham

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Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

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Question 1.

In the above FOI reply you state that 679 bedrooms were occupied on the 7th April 2020; and state that 598 students requested and were released from their license agreement as of 8th April 2020 due to Covid19.

Is it correct to state (based on your figures) that 81 accommodation licences remained in force on the 9th April? If this is incorrect, can you please tell me how many student accommodation licences were in force on the 9th April 2020?

Question 2.

Do you agree that the overall cost for student accommodation between the 23rd March 2020 to the 8th April 2020 broadly speaking is in the range of £600 - £800 depending on the size and facilities of the university rental accommodation unit?

Question 3.

Do you agree that (based on your figures); if St Mary's University had charged the 598 students (who were released from their accommodation licence agreement on the 8th April 2020 as you state) from 23rd March 2020 instead of the 8th April 2020 then the financial deficit to St Mary's University would have been in the range of £358,800 (598 students x£600) to £478,400 (598 students x£800)?

Question 4.

If the financial deficit of charging students for accommodation up-to the 23rd March 2020 instead of the 8th April 2020 is incorrect of between £358,800 to £478,400, can you please give me a very rough estimate of the financial deficit that St Mary's University would have lost should you have only charged students for accommodation up to the 23rd March 2020 instead of charging students for accommodation up-to the 8th April 2020?

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Monday the 7th December is the deadline for this FOI to be answered. It is important that it is answered on time because of the amount of money that is potentially involved here.

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'Bedrooms Occupied'.

This is not an acceptable position. St Mary's University is a public body and this is a public interest request. I am aware that the covid pandemic is putting pressures on everyone, nevertheless, the FOI act is an important piece of legislation.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear Freedom of Information Officer.

Despite endless communication, appeals and internal reviews, you have failed to provide the information that I have requested under the FOI act.

You are aware that I am assisting a student with a complaint regarding overcharging for accommodation during the first coronavirus lockdown and this case is set to be heard with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) in the coming months.

I'm making a formal complaint to the ICO that your public body is refusing to answer my FOI requests in an attempt to not only hide this information from me but in an attempt to delay making this information available to the OIA to support the students case.

Yours sincerely,

John Clark.