Capital receipts and redundancies

Gareth Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 352 authorities

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The request was successful.

To the information officer,

I am emailing to request information from the council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For each of the following financial years: 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 (up to the date on which you received this request) I request the following information:

A) The total amount of capital receipts (in £) received by the council following the disposal of any type of asset

B) A breakdown of the use of capital receipts within each financial year by the following three categories:
i)To help meet the cost of borrowing related to capital expenditure
ii)To invest in new capital expenditure
iii) To finance the revenue costs of service reform (as introduced in March 2016 - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...)
iv) Other

C) A list of service reforms financed through capital receipts since flexible use of capital receipts was introduced in March 2016, including:
i) The date the reform began
ii) The amount (in £) of capital receipts used
iii) The savings target at the time
iv) The % of that savings target which has been met to-date

D) The amount of capital receipts (in £) used to meet the cost of redundancies made (or in the process of being made) by the council during each financial year

E) The number of redundancies made by the local authority in each financial year broken down by the service they relate to

I would like to receive this information electronically a spreadsheet, with the points above as the column headers if possible

If the decision is made to withhold some of this information using exemptions in the Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need clarification please contact me. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the 20th working day.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Davies

H and F In Touch, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Our reference: 1298972
 
 
Dear Mr. Davies 
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 27 July
2018.  Your request has been summarised as follows:
 
A) The total amount of capital receipts (in £) received by the council
following the disposal of any type of asset

B) A breakdown of the use of capital receipts within each financial year
by the following three categories:
i)To help meet the cost of borrowing related to capital expenditure ii)To
invest in new capital expenditure
iii) To finance the revenue costs of service reform (as introduced in
March 2016 -
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...)
iv) Other

C) A list of service reforms financed through capital receipts since
flexible use of capital receipts was introduced in March 2016, including:
i) The date the reform began
ii) The amount (in £) of capital receipts used
iii) The savings target at the time
iv) The % of that savings target which has been met to-date

D) The amount of capital receipts (in £) used to meet the cost of
redundancies made (or in the process of being made) by the council during
each financial year

E) The number of redundancies made by the local authority in each
financial year broken down by the service they relate to
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we aim to send a response by 24 August 2018 - this is 20 working days
from the date of receipt.
 
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 may restrict the release of some or
all of the information you have requested. We will carry out an assessment
and if any exemptions apply to some or all of the information then we
might not provide that information to you. We will inform you if this is
the case and advise you of your rights to request an internal review.
 
We will also advise you if we cannot provide you with the information
requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
 
If you are registered for self-service via the Council My Account portal,
you can track the progress of your request online:  [1]Track case progress
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
h&f InTouch team
 
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Dear FOI team,

I have not yet received a response to my FOI request dated 27 July 2018.
By law the council should have responded promptly and by 28 August 2018.
Could you provide an update as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Gareth Davies

Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

I have not yet received a response to my FOI request, relating to capital receipts and redundancies, dated 27 July 2018.

By law the council should have responded promptly and by 28 August 2018, 20 days ago. I have since sent a follow-up email requesting a response without success.

I note the council has also failed to reply to another of my FOI requests (relating to council assets). This is very concerning.

Could you provide me with an update by 5pm today (September 17) or I will have no choice but to submit a complaint to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Davies

H and F In Touch, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 1298972
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr. Davies
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 27 July 2018.
 
Your request
 
A) The total amount of capital receipts (in £) received by the council
following the disposal of any type of asset

B) A breakdown of the use of capital receipts within each financial year
by the following three categories:
i)To help meet the cost of borrowing related to capital expenditure ii)To
invest in new capital expenditure
iii) To finance the revenue costs of service reform (as introduced in
March 2016 -
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk...)
iv) Other

C) A list of service reforms financed through capital receipts since
flexible use of capital receipts was introduced in March 2016, including:
i) The date the reform began
ii) The amount (in £) of capital receipts used
iii) The savings target at the time
iv) The % of that savings target which has been met to-date

D) The amount of capital receipts (in £) used to meet the cost of
redundancies made (or in the process of being made) by the council during
each financial year

E) The number of redundancies made by the local authority in each
financial year broken down by the service they relate to.
 
Our response
This request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Section 12 of the FoI Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse
requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed
the appropriate limit, which for a local authority is currently £450 or 18
hours.

From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your
request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the
FoI Act 2000. This is because the extensive scope of your request and
degree of manual cross referencing involved would exceed the time
allowance of 18 hours. We have therefore decided to refuse the request and
this email acts as a refusal notice.

We may be able to provide some information in the scope of your request if
you refine your request to bring the cost of compliance under the limit. 
In this case, I would suggest that you separate the component questions to
focus on fewer areas and  to cover a more limited date range. 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request for information,
please contact the h&f InTouch team within 40 working days of receiving
this response. They will consider the matters raised and decide whether
they are referred to the Council's Information Manager for an internal
review.

You can write to the h&f InTouch team at Room 229, Hammersmith Town Hall,
King Street, London W6 9JU, or email: [Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council request email]. If you are
registered for self-service, via the Council's My Account portal, you can
also do this online: ‎[1]Click here to complete the form‏
 
You also have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at: The
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. Tel: 0303 123 1113. Website:
[2]www.ico.org.uk/concerns/. There is no charge for making an appeal. The
ICO may ask you to contact Hammersmith and Fulham, so we can complete an
internal review, before the ICO investigates the matter.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns.
Please remember to quote our reference, 1298972, in any future
communications.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Andrea Comer
Senior Investigations & Information Officer
 
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Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Capital receipts and redundancies'.

I am specifically appealing against the use of the Section 12 exemption. In short, I'm very surprised by the use of this exemption.

The council says that it estimates my request would exceed the time limit because of "extensive scope of your request and degree of manual cross referencing involved".

The scope of this request is not extensive. I'm asking for basic financial information which the council has to by law record and submit to the government each year. I've asked for this over a five-year period, going back to 2014/15, which is not an unreasonable time period.

What is meant by "manual cross referencing?". I can only assume my request has been misunderstood because it doesn't require any cross referencing. I'm finding it very difficult to understand the council's response.

I've been advised to "separate the component questions to focus on fewer areas and to cover a more limited date range" in order to better comply with the cost/time limit. With respect, this generic advice could have been given in response to any FOI the council chooses to reject using Section 12. I have little confidence that any genuine thought has gone into thinking about how my FOI could be revised.

In fact, I don't think my request has been properly considered in anyway. I'm left with the strong impression that, having missed the statutory deadline by several weeks, and then having received my email chasing you for a response, the council has decided to reject my request using any exemption that came to hand, without applying due consideration.

I've submitted this FOI to 353 local authorities in England and have so far recorded 320 successful responses. There isn't another council in the country that has said it would take too long to comply with the questions I've asked.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Davies

Sherine Malko, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Information request: Internal review
Our reference: 1298972
 
 
 
Dear Mr. Davies
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for an internal review received by the H&F on
18 September 2018. This case has been assigned to the Information
Management Team to take forward.

The Information Management Team are the central team within H&F that
processes Freedom of Information internal reviews on behalf of the
council.  

We are sorry that you are dissatisfied with H&F’s processing of your
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Information Commissioner’s Office allows a time-limit of 20-40 working
days to investigate and provide a full response.  We plan to complete this
task within 20 working days and therefore calculate that a full response
will be provided to you by Tuesday 16 October 2018.

If we need to extend the deadline to the full 40 working days, we will
contact you to inform you of this extension.

Yours sincerely

 
Sherine Malko
 

Sherine Malko
Senior information management officer
 
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Sherine Malko, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 1298972
 
 
 
Dear Mr. Davies
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Please find attached an update to your recent internal review request -
reference 1298972.
 
Yours sincerely
 

Sherine Malko
 
Sherine Malko
Senior information management officer
 
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Information request: Internal review
Our reference: 1298972
 
 
 
Dear Mr. Davies
 
Please find attached our response to your internal review request
reference number 1298972.
 
Yours sincerely
 

Sherine Malko

Sherine Malko
Senior information management officer
 
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