Bradford Councillors claimed over £100000 in expenses relating to hotel bills last year

Kenny Priestley made this Freedom of Information request to Bradford City Council

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Dear Bradford City Council,

It was recently reported by the T&A that during that 2017 Bradford Councillors claimed over £120000 in hotel expenses.

I would like to see a breakdown of these expenses, showing which councillors claimed for hotel accommodation, the name of each hotel, the part of the country that the hotel was located in, the length of stay on each occasion, and what was claimed for on each occasion i.e food, and room.

Yours faithfully,

Kenny Priestley

Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Dear Mr Priestley

 

Thank you for your request submitted under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This matter is now receiving our attention and we
aim to have a response out to you by  18^th April, within the period of 20
working days allowed for disclosure.

 

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 the T&A article that you request relates to.

 

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If I do not hear from you by Thursday 29^th March this FOI will be closed
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request, please feel free to contact me quoting the reference no: March
121.

 

Thank you

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources

Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
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Dear Michelle Carroll,

Thank you for your reply.

I'm sure that you have searched the T&A website for the story as I have, and it seems to have been removed, for whatever reason. However, I can tell you without any doubt that I read this story in the T&A during December of 2017.

Despite being unable to find the story on the net anymore, my request for the information in it's original form still stands. I'm not even sure why you would need the link as I assume that all expense claims are logged.

I look forward to your response.

By the way it's nice to see that someone working for Bradford Council still takes responsibility for their emails by signing them. Thank you for that.

Yours sincerely,

Kenny Priestley

Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Dear Mr Priestley

Thank you for your prompt reply.

I would like to discuss your request with you. Please can you telephone me on either of the phone numbers shown below.

thanks

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources
Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services
“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous and sustainable Bradford District.”
Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film
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Dear Michelle Carroll,

Thank you for your email, however if you have something to discuss with me before completing my request then please do so by email.

Yours sincerely,

Kenny Priestley

Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

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Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Mr Priestley

Thank you for your email.

As I am unable to locate the T&A article I just wanted to clarify with you if it was about Bradford Council Elected Members or Bradford Members of Parliament because the initial analysis of Bradford Council Elected Member hotel expenses for 2017 is significantly less than the £120,000 you state was reported.

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources
Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services
“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous and sustainable Bradford District.”
Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film
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Dear Michelle Carroll,

It was indeed about council elected members and was quoted by the T&A as being in excess of 120k
However in light of it being reported that just 2 years ago a councillor was claiming for hotel expenses just 15 miles outside of Bradford and the more recent article about the row over hotel expenses being claimed by Bradford councillors I feel that my FOI is still valid and would appreciate that it is continued.

Yours sincerely,

Kenny Priestley

Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Noted thank you

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources
Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services
“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous and sustainable Bradford District.”
Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film
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Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Dear Mr Priestley

I would like to inform you that I am still working on the response to your FOI request to Bradford Council.

Please accept my apologies for the delay. I aim to respond to you by Monday 23rd April.

Thank you

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources
Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services
“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous and sustainable Bradford District.”
Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film
This email, and any attachments, may contain Protected or Restricted information and is intended solely for the individual to whom it is addressed. It may contain sensitive or protectively marked material and should be handled accordingly. If this email has been misdirected, please notify the author immediately. If you are not the intended recipient you must not disclose, distribute, copy, print or rely on any of the information contained in it or attached, and all copies must be deleted immediately. Whilst we take reasonable steps to try to identify any software viruses, any attachments to this email may nevertheless contain viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to identify.  You should therefore carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any documents. Bradford Council will not accept any liability for damage caused by computer viruses emanating from any attachment or other document supplied with this email. Emails may be subject to recording and/or monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation.

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Kenny Priestley

Dear Michelle Carroll,
Is there a reason why my request has not been completed yet?

Yours sincerely,

Kenny Priestley

Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

Dear Mr Priestley

Please accept my apologies for the delay. I was out of the office for 3 days last week.

The final response is currently going through the internal approval / information process.

I will ensure that it is with you by tomorrow at the latest.

Thank you

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources
Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services
“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous and sustainable Bradford District.”
Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film
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Michelle Carroll, Bradford City Council

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Dear Mr Priestley

 

Please find attached the response to your recent FOI request to Bradford
Council.

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding.

 

Thank you

 

Michelle Carroll
Information and Compliance Manager
Department of Corporate Resources

Tel: 01274 434656    [mobile number]st Floor, Britannia House, Bradford BD1 1HX

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Corporate Services

“Working with people and partners for a healthier, caring, more prosperous
and sustainable Bradford District.”

Bradford is the world’s first UNESCO City of Film

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