Business Case for monthly expenditure of £51,150

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Dear East West Railway Company Limited,

I have reviewed the transparency publication relating to DfT spending over £25,000 for the Month of January 2023.

I write to request under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of the Strategic Outline Case/Business Case (including requirement, options, sourcing strategies etc) for the work set out in the following extract from the DfT transparency publication for January 2023:

Department for Transport
Entity: EWR
Date: 10/01/2023
Expense Type: Agency Personnel
Expense Area: Strategy
Supplier: The Nichols Group Limited
Transaction: 12068
Item Text: December 2022 Monthly Fee
£51,150.00

Yours faithfully,

Mr Nigel Cook

East West Rail Contact, East West Railway Company Limited

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EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in
England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer
Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

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No-Reply, East West Railway Company Limited

Hello,

Thank you for getting in touch with the EWR Co team.

We try to deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer if we need to ask several colleagues for information. We'll keep you up-to-date if that's the case.

Kind regards,
EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

East West Rail team, East West Railway Company Limited

Dear N Cook,

Thank you for your interest in East West Rail. 

We are in receipt of your email of 28 May 2023 and we are treating it as a
Freedom of Information request. 

The Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations
oblige us to respond to requests for information within 20 working days of
the day we received your message, but we aim to respond to all enquiries
as quickly as we can.

Please do get in contact if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,

Leon Mitchell
Information Governance Officer | East West Railway Company

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Dear East West Rail team,

Still awaiting a response to this FOIA request.......

Yours sincerely,

Mr Cook

No-Reply, East West Railway Company Limited

Hello,

Thank you for getting in touch with the EWR Co team.

We try to deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer if we need to ask several colleagues for information. We'll keep you up-to-date if that's the case.

Kind regards,
EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

Dear East West Railway Company Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of East West Railway Company Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Business Case for monthly expenditure of £51,150'. This is because you have not provided the requested information.

If you remain silent then I will raise the issue with the Information Commissioners Office.

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,

Mr Nigel Cook

No-Reply, East West Railway Company Limited

Hello,

Thank you for getting in touch with the EWR Co team.

We try to deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer if we need to ask several colleagues for information. We'll keep you up-to-date if that's the case.

Kind regards,
EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

Dear East West Railway Company Limited,

As your organisation has failed to follow the UK Freedom of Information Act legislation, I have asked the Information Commissioner to ask you to provide the information on this website.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Nigel Cook

No-Reply, East West Railway Company Limited

Hello,

Thank you for getting in touch with the EWR Co team.

We try to deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer if we need to ask several colleagues for information. We'll keep you up-to-date if that's the case.

Kind regards,
EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

East West Rail team, East West Railway Company Limited

Dear Mr Cook,

Re: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your request for information, which was received on
28.05.23. Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in our
response. Please note that I have copied this response to the ICO so that
they are aware of our response. 

In that request, you asked us for the information below:

• A copy of the Strategic Outline Case/Business Case (including
requirement, options, sourcing strategies etc) for the work set out in
the following extract from the DfT transparency publication for
January 2023:

Department for Transport
Entity: EWR
Date: 10/01/2023
Expense Type: Agency Personnel
Expense Area: Strategy
Supplier: The Nichols Group Limited
Transaction: 12068
Item Text: December 2022 Monthly Fee
£51,150.00

I can confirm that the search for the information you requested has been
completed and I can advise you of the following:

As explained on the expense type above, the spend was for agency
personnel. The focus for this role was established as follows:

• continuing to act as interim Programme Sponsor for CS1 – leading day
to day engagement with DfT and building positive relationships with
the team
• supporting the CS1 technical team to understand their role in
leading/managing the next stages of engagement with DfT
• developing a draft CS1 Integrated Programme that is supported by
EWRCo, DfT, Network Rail and other third parties where appropriate,
and able to be ‘baselined’
• embedding the programme into management information and reporting
systems to provide an ongoing understanding of the overall programme
performance against the baseline
• provide overall planning leadership across the whole EWR programme to
ensure that there is an overall integrated programme for the delivery
of EWR, and the right planning resources are in place
• refining the Terms of Reference for the new ‘CS1 Integration Board’,
ensuring that it is appropriately ‘wired in’ to the governance
arrangements of each organisation
• producing the draft reporting/MI pack needed to support this new CS1
Board.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact us.

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received in relation to
your request, and wish to request a review of our response, you should
write to FOI Review, East West Railway Company Limited, 1 Grafton Gate,
Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB, or by email to
[1][email address].

If you are unhappy with the service that you have received following an
internal review, you have the right to ask the Information Commissioner’s
Office (ICO) to review our decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office
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information on the ICO website here: [2]www.ico.org.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Dominic Sexton
Information Governance Manager
East West Railway Company  

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Dear East West Railway Company Limited,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of East West Railway Company Limited's handling of my FOI request 'Business Case for monthly expenditure of £51,150' as you have not provided the requested information (A copy of the Strategic Outline Case/Business Case for the work covered by the invoice for £51,150). All you have provided is a high level explanation of what the work was...

Please provide a copy of the Strategic Outline Case (Business Case) for the work.

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,

Mr Nigel Cook

No-Reply, East West Railway Company Limited

Hello,

Thank you for getting in touch with the EWR Co team.

We try to deal with enquiries within ten working days though it may take longer if we need to ask several colleagues for information. We'll keep you up-to-date if that's the case.

Kind regards,
EWR Co Team East West Railway Company Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered office: One Grafton Mews, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1FB. Company registration number: 11072935.

FOIReview, East West Railway Company Limited

Dear Mr Cook,

We have reviewed the response you were sent in connection with your
Freedom of Information request.

Your original Freedom of Information request dated 28^th May 2023 asked
East West Rail (EWR) for information regarding spend highlighted on the
DfT transparency publication:
 

• I write to request under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of
the Strategic Outline Case/Business Case (including requirement,
options, sourcing strategies etc) for the work set out in the
following extract from the DfT transparency publication for January
2023:

 

• Department for Transport
Entity: EWR
Date: 10/01/2023
Expense Type: Agency Personnel
Expense Area: Strategy
Supplier: The Nichols Group Limited
Transaction: 12068
Item Text: December 2022 Monthly Fee
£51,150.00

A response was sent by EWR on 29^th September 2023. This response stated
the following:
 

• As explained on the expense type above, the spend was for agency
personnel. The focus for this role was established as follows:

 

• continuing to act as interim Programme Sponsor for CS1 – leading day
to day engagement with DfT and building positive relationships with
the team

 

• supporting the CS1 technical team to understand their role in
leading/managing the next stages of engagement with DfT
developing a draft CS1 Integrated Programme that is supported by
EWRCo, DfT, Network Rail and other third parties where appropriate,
and able to be ‘baselined’

 

• embedding the programme into management information and reporting
systems to provide an ongoing understanding of the overall programme
performance against the baseline

 

• provide overall planning leadership across the whole EWR programme to
ensure that there is an overall integrated programme for the delivery
of EWR, and the right planning resources are in place

 

• refining the Terms of Reference for the new ‘CS1 Integration Board’,
ensuring that it is appropriately ‘wired in’ to the governance
arrangements of each organisation

 

• producing the draft reporting/MI pack needed to support this new CS1
Board.

On 2^nd October 2023, you requested a review of EWR’s response to your
Freedom of Information request. You stated the following:
 

• you have not provided the requested information (A copy of the
Strategic Outline Case/Business Case for the work covered by the
invoice for £51,150). All you have provided is a high level
explanation of what the work was

 

• Please provide a copy of the Strategic Outline Case (Business Case)
for the work.

We confirm we have reviewed our original response and your subsequent
request for a review.
 

• Firstly, we would like to acknowledge that we did not meet our
obligations to respond to you in time as required by Section 10(1) of
the Freedom of Information Act. For this, we offer our sincere
apologies.

 

• You have asked us to provide you with the business case for this
spend. I can confirm that there is no business case for this spend.
The spend, as explained previously and as noted on the publication by
the DfT, is related to the appointment of interim personnel at a time
when they were urgently required as staff members had left the
organisation. Therefore, the ‘need’ was staffing requirement, but
there was no business case.

We hope that this review has been of use to you in clarifying our previous
response.

If you feel that EWR has not correctly applied the Freedom of Information
legislation, you may wish to approach the [1]Information Commissioner for
advice.

Yours sincerely,

Salma

EWR Co Team  

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