CIPFA Council Tax benchmarking club - Questionnaire

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear North East Lincolnshire Council,

Please disclose completed Council Tax CIPFA benchmarking club questionnaires for all years since 2008 to present.

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Mr Gilliatt

 

I am pleased to acknowledge your request for information, which has been
allocated the reference number NEL/2356/1617.

Your request has been passed to the relevant department for processing and
you can expect your response within the 20 working day limit. If it will
take us longer than 20 working days to respond to you, we will inform you
of this and provide you with the expected date for receiving a response.

Further information about how we will deal with your Freedom of
Information requests is available on our website at:

[1]https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council-infor....

Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information or
assistance quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council

 

Feedback Officer

 

 

 

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PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Mr Gilliatt (aka fFaudwAtch UK)

 

Further to our correspondence of July 6^th, we consider that this request
2356/1617, along with the large number of related requests submitted over
the past 4 of years under your own name and pseudonyms such as fFaudwAtch
UK through the ‘whatdotheyknow’ website, form a campaign intended to
frustrate and challenge the Council’s ability to effectively administer
and collect Council Tax in accordance with the Local Government Finance
Act 1992.

 

Despite the Council answering and directing you to the information you
require, and signposting you to the established procedures in place to
formally challenge Council Tax decisions, you have continued to submit
regular and overlapping requests challenging the administration and
collection of Council Tax by the Council. This unreasonable persistence
and intransigence, is placing an unreasonable burden on the resources of
the Council. Further the inclusion in your requests of unfounded
accusations and the targeting of individuals addressing the issues you
have raised, appears to be a deliberate intention to personalise requests
and cause annoyance or distress. As your requests have no serious purpose
other than to continue your challenge of the Council’s administration of
Council Tax, I have determined by virtue of section 14 (1) of the Freedom
of Information Act that your request is vexatious in nature.

 

We will therefore not be responding to this request by virtue of section
14 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

The Council will consider any future requests received, on a request by
request basis, but would again draw your attention to guidance issued by
the Information Commissioner’s Office regarding what you should and should
not do when making an information request, which is available on their
website: [1]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

 

Please note that requests made to continue your campaign to challenge the
administration and collection of Council Tax by the Council, or which
target the processes or individuals that are in place to handle and
address your requests for information and complaints, will be refused in
accordance with section 14 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the Council’s handling of your request, or
the decision of the internal review you can request an independent review
by contacting the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council

 

Feedback Officer

 

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear North East Lincolnshire Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North East Lincolnshire Council's handling of my FOI request 'CIPFA Council Tax benchmarking club - Questionnaire'.

It is not the first time I've asked NELC to refrain from making spurious statements regarding unfounded allegations. I have always made doubly sure that any statements I do make can be fully supported and the council will know this. I suggest that the next time you think about making such assertions you bear this in mind.

If the council took the trouble to review every instance where it has tried to discredit me it will in all cases find that everything I have contended with regards the Council’s administration of Council Tax and established procedures has been correct. As such my requests do have serious purpose and in light of certain officers refusing to address the most recent injustice caused by the council there is even more reason for taking to the use of Freedom of Information.

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

Yours faithfully,

fFaudwAtch UK

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Mr Gilliatt (aka fFaudwAtch UK)

 

Further to your request an Internal Review has taken place into North East
Lincolnshire Council's handling of your information request NEL/2356/1617.

 

I have reviewed the response provided to you and the handling of your
request, and determine that this has been in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act, and your request was correctly refused on the basis of
Section 14 (1) of the Freedom Information Act.

 

I trust that this Internal Review answers your queries in relation to your
request, and clarifies that your request has been handled in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the Council’s handling of your request, or
the decision of the internal review you can request an independent review
by contacting the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

 

Yours sincerely on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council

 

 

Feedback Officer

 

 

 

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fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Complaint sent to Information Commissioner's Office about North East Lincolnshire Council failing to deal with my FoI request.

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane, Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

13 July 2016

Dear Sir/Madam

RE: INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF FOI REQUEST TO NE LINC’S COUNCIL – REF NUMBER 2356-1617

I made a freedom of information request to North East Lincolnshire Council (‘NELC’). The details can be found on the “what do they know” website at the following address:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...
“CIPFA Council Tax benchmarking club - Questionnaire”

A simple request was made 29 June 2016 asking for disclosure of completed Council Tax CIPFA benchmarking club questionnaires for all years since 2008 to present.

On 8 July NELC determined that the request was vexatious, based on the content of the correspondence and what NELC considered inappropriate wording. It claimed that the correspondence was intended to raise unfounded allegations against NELC, with no substance behind the allegations, or intention to obtain information.

The basis for determining the request was vexatious was challenged on 8 July as too was the claim that the submission constituted unfounded allegations. There was simply no basis for NELC to make these assertions as I was merely asking for documents that there was good reason to believe it held. If they were held, presumably the work involved in disclosing them would be minimal.

On 12 July, NELC upheld the application of section 14 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act, but without justification for agreeing that the request was vexatious.

Yours sincerely

fFaudwAtch UK (Account suspended)

Dear PPD - FOI,

I have escalated this matter to the Information Commissioner. However, NELC may have since realised that it is unlikely I would have asked for these documents merely to cause the council inconvenience. This is especially so when the trouble to disclose them would be negligible (far less than having to answer to the Commissioner).

Will NELC therefore simply disclose the requested information so I can withdraw my complaint to the Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

fFaudwAtch UK

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Mr Gilliatt (aka fFaudwAtch)

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request 2356_1617

 

With reference to your below email. 

 

North East Lincolnshire Council has already provided you with a response
to this request and I can confirm that an internal review has also been
carried out, therefore we will not be responding any further to this
request.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the Council’s handling of your request, or
the decision of the internal review you can request an independent review
by contacting the Information Commissioner's Office at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerley

 

 

Feedback Officer           

 

 

 

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Nellie Layne left an annotation ()

Information Commissioner's Decision Notice (10 January 2017):
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196169...
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Information Rights Tribunal, Appellant’s notice (grounds of appeal) against Decision Notice:
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196201...

Supporting papers of Grounds of Appeal:
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196421... Exhibit 1
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196515... Exhibit 2
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196631... Exhibit 3
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196664... Exhibit 4
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196674... Exhibit 5
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196694... Exhibit 6
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196707... Exhibit 7
https://www.scribd.com/document/34196715... Exhibit 8
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Commissioner’s Response to appeal:
https://www.scribd.com/document/34197371...

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Information Rights Tribunal, Appellant’s Reply to Commissioner's Response to the Appellant’s grounds of appeal:
https://www.scribd.com/document/34353019...

Supporting papers of Appellant’s Reply:
https://www.scribd.com/document/34352992... Exhibit A-1
https://www.scribd.com/document/34352978... Exhibit A-2
https://www.scribd.com/document/34352958... Exhibit A-3
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Tribunal's decision (9 June 2017):

https://www.scribd.com/document/35084899...
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Application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal, appealing First-tier Tribunal's Decision (Information Rights).

https://www.scribd.com/document/35309378...
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Tribunal judge's decision on an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal:

https://www.scribd.com/document/36937421...
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Application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal (First-tier Tribunal refused permission).

1 February 2018
https://www.scribd.com/document/37053068...
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Acknowledgement of application to the Upper Tribunal for permission to appeal:

8 February 2018
https://www.scribd.com/document/37120119...

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