Blue badge disabled parking permits

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BBC Shared Data Unit

Good afternoon,

I hope you are well. I would be grateful if you would treat this correspondence as a formal request for disclosure of the following information, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FoI").

Description of information sought:

How many regular car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned car parks across the council area?

How many disabled car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned car parks across the council area?

How many people held a blue badge disabled parking permit issued by the council as at 30 August 2019?

How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the council received since 30 August 2019?

How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits received since 30 August 2019 has the council:
1. Approved
2. Directly refused
3. Refused due to an incomplete request

How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the council received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...) since 30 August 2019?

How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...) since 30 August 2019 has the council:
1. Approved
2. Directly refused
3. Refused due to an incomplete request

Could the council please provide the answers to all of the above questions by downloading this read-only Googlesheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1... and filling out its answers in one row of the download, re-saving it and it sending it back as an attachment in response in a .csv file format?

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Please provide me with a summary of the information I have requested.

I look forward to hearing from you promptly, and at any rate, within the statutory time limit of 20 working days from your receipt of this request.

Whilst writing, I take this opportunity to remind you of the Information Commissioner's public statements, in which he has stated that there is a "presumption of disclosure" under FoI.

Please note that if this request for FoI disclosure is refused, I reserve the right to take up the matter with the Information Commissioner and/or to pursue all legal avenues of appeal. I trust this will not be necessary.

Thanks in advance for your help, kind regards,

Alex Homer

Senior Journalist
BBC Shared Data Unit

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

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Wakefield Council, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Alex Homer,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the
Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please find the response to your request below. I hope that it is
acceptable for us to provide the data in a slightly different format than
that requested.  

 

How many regular car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned
car parks across the council area? 4834.

 

How many disabled car parking bays are there in all of the council-owned
car parks across the council area? 289.

 

How many people held a blue badge disabled parking permit issued by the
council as at 30 August 2019? 17362.

 

How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the
council received since 30 August 2019? Between 31 August 2019 and 16
August 2020 we dealt with 7,908 applications.

 

How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits
received since 30 August 2019 has the council:

 

(The following statistics cover the period from 31 August 2019 until 16
August 2020):

 

1. Approved – 6839.

 

2. Directly refused - 1,069.

 

3. Refused due to an incomplete request – 474.

 

How many applications for blue badge disabled parking permits has the
council received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities
(https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...)
since 30 August 2019?

 

360 applications were assessed during the period from 31 August 2019 until
16 August 2020.

 

How many of these applications for blue badge disabled parking permits
received from applicants with hidden/non-visible disabilities
(https://www.gov.uk/government/news/peopl...)
since 30 August 2019 has the council:

 

(The following statistics cover the period from 31 August 2019 until 16
August 2020):

 

1. Approved – 235.

 

2. Directly refused – 125.

 

3. Refused due to an incomplete request – 29.

 

I trust that this information is satisfactory for your purposes, but
please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further queries
regarding this matter.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Senior Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council

Tel: 01924 306112

E-mail: [1][Wakefield City Council request email]

 

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