Canterbury City Council - Transparency Policy

R Soles (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Canterbury City Council

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R Soles (Account suspended)

Dear Sir or Madam,

Can you please confirm if Canterbury City Council has a policy of being open, honest, transparent and accountable.

Yours faithfully,

R Soles

foi, Canterbury City Council

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Gina Field, Canterbury City Council

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Dear R Soles,

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
Act (below). I can confirm that we are governed by the Code of Conduct
for Members and Employees - a copy of each is attached

If you are unhappy with the way your enquiry has been dealt with, you
may ask for an internal review through the council's 'comments and
complaints scheme', by e-mailing [email address] or
by following the procedure set out in the council's website page.
Alternatively you can telephone Matthew Archer on 01227 862 175 or Janet
Taylor on 01227 862 017.

If you are still dissatisfied after an internal review, you may appeal
to the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow

Gina Field
Office Manager
Legal & Democratic Services

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R Soles (Account suspended)

Dear Gina Field,

Thank you for supplying codes of conduct;

Please confirm for the Public Interest, if
Canterbury City Council is committed to supplying
open,honest,transparent and accountable Public Services

A simple Yes or No answer is all that is required.

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Gina Field, Canterbury City Council

Dear Mr Soles,

thank you for your follow up question.

The simple answer is that we will always endeavour to do that. There will
of course be occasions when we cannot be open or transparent because of
the nature of the work we do. That said; we try to be open when we can
and to assist with all enquiries. Standards of honesty and accountability
are governed by our constitution, which was why it was enclosed with the
first reply, the law and the national and local audit and inspection
regimes that we work within.

For our local and parish councillors, we have a local standards committee
that reviews specific complaints received about them. Of course
politicians are also accountable to the electorate. I hope this provides
you with sufficient evidence to answer your enquiry.

Gina Field

Office Manager

Legal & Democratic Services

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R Soles (Account suspended)

Dear Gina Field,

It is unfortunate that Canterbury City Council does not feel able to be more direct in their approach, as afforded by other Councils.

The Public would not be filled with confidence with regards to your reply and may come to the reasonable conclusion that the services on offer are far from open,honest,transparent and accountable.

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Gina Field, Canterbury City Council

Personally I have noted your comments - however I have passed your
e-mail to those persons concerned in providing the response to you

Kind regards

Gina Field

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R Soles (Account suspended)

Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Canterbury City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Canterbury City Council - Transparency Policy'.

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

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

foi, Canterbury City Council

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Mark Ellender, Canterbury City Council

Dear Mr Soles,

I have reviewed the answer you were given to your inquiry as to whether
Canterbury City Council has a policy of being open, honest, transparent
and accountable.

You were dissatisfied with the first answer which referred you to Codes of
Conduct and with the second which endeavored to explain the way in which
the Council approaches its work.

The reasons for the difficulty in dealing with the inquiry appear to have
been twofold. Firstly it was not clear to those answering precisely the
issue which the questioner wished to address, and the second was that
whilst there is no policy in directly the terms put by the questioner, the
Council strives to up hold those values and wished to convey that.

The Council is well aware of the legislative requirements which require it
to make its decision making as open as possible and it complies with the
law. Honesty lies at the heart of Council processes and both member and
officer codes of conduct are intended to reinforce honest behaviour. The
Council endeavors to be transparent and to Consult the public and involve
them in decision making. Members are accountable, both at the ballot box
and through the Scrutiny Committee and the Standards Committee and
Standards Board.

So if you mean by the word "policy" something which is the words you
specified, put into writing and adopted by the Council, then the answer is
"no." However if you mean does the Council have a practice of applying
those values in the work that we do, the answer would be "yes."

I trust this clarifies the position for you, which may not have been made
clear in the earlier emails.

Mark Ellender
Head of Legal and Democratic Services

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