Christmas Card sent to council tenants

G Millward made this Freedom of Information request to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

I wish to make a Freedom of Information request regarding the 2013 Christmas Card that was sent to Hammersmith and Fulham council tentants.

Please let me know,

1) on what grounds was it decided to issue these cards

2) what was the total cost of designing, printing and distributing these cards

3)who authorised the issue of these cards and what office do they hold within the council.

I know that these cards were sent to council tenants who had never been in arrears and who always paid their rent on time. One tenant, an 81 year old lady who was not and has never been in arrears with her rent became extremely distressed upon receiving this card.

4) what risk assessment was carried out in respect of issuing the cards to vulnerable individuals prior to distribution and what form did it take. If no risk assessment was carried out please state why not.

Yours faithfully,

G Millward

James Filus, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam
Thank you for your request for information received on 19 December 2013.
Please find attached our response to your request.
Yours faithfully
James Filus
Corporate Complaints Manager

G Millward left an annotation ()

What a load of nonsense! this is what I think;

1) So targeted at ALL tenants even if they are not in arrears because they might go into arrears! They say they used research from Shelter, but they don’t specify if the research was based on council/social or private landlords or a mixture of all three. Rents in the private sector tend to be higher so it is more likely that there will be arrears.

2) £6332…… wouldn’t that be better used assisting tentants who are experiencing difficulty.

3) Simon Jones …. as they say down my way, you are a FU*KWIT!

4) So, no risk assessment, despite them sending it to people who have never been in arrears, the vulnerable and elderly (who tend to worry about these sort of things) and of course Muslims, who don’t celebrate Christmas.

Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, I think I can safely say …. the lunatics are in the process of taking over the asylum