Dear Birmingham City Council,
F.A.O. Birmingham Library Service
Please could you send me your CIPFA library stats returns covering three financial years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. I need to know the annual library issues and visits statistics for each of the three years. I would like the files to be sent to me in the same format they are sent to CIPFA.
To try and pre-empt any concerns about this request, there is no reason why the authority should not be able to also supply this data to third parties as well as CIPFA. And in this case it's subject to Freedom of Information, without exemption, as it is data that is compiled and held by the authority. There are many examples of successful Freedom of Information requests for this data from other local authorities.