Common Good funds: assets, value and spending

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Dear Moray Council,

Please treat this email as a Freedom of Information request.

I understand that the council must put together a Common Good Asset register and specific account for Common Good funds.

In this context, I would be grateful if you could supply the following information from the council:

1. The Net Asset Value of the Common Good Funds administered by the council in these financial years:
* 2007/08
* 2012/13
* 2017/18
* 2020/21
* 2021/22 (if known)

2. The online location of all available Common Good accounts for the council.

3. The online location of the Common Good funds asset register. If it is not online, then please supply it in an excel format, or another machine readable, open format. It should not be supplied in pdf format files.

4. An itemised breakdown of all debits from the Common Good account for the last three financial years where finalised records are available, showing the recipient, and summary purpose of each debit. This should be supplied in Microsoft excel format, or another machine readable, open format. It should not be supplied in pdf format files.

5. An itemised list of any Common Good assets that have been sold or otherwise removed from the accounts in the last three financial years where finalised records are available. This should show the revenue raised by the sale, and details of the buyer. In the case of assets that were otherwise removed from the Common Good fund, please provide a short summary explanation of why they were removed. This should be supplied in Microsoft excel format, or another machine readable, open format. It should not be supplied in pdf format files.

6. An itemised list of any Common Good assets that have been added to the register in the last three financial years where finalised records are available. This should include the value of the asset and a description or location of the asset, and the date it was added. This should be supplied in Microsoft excel format, or another machine readable, open format. It should not be supplied in pdf format files.

7. An itemised list of any Common Good assets that are currently leased to other organisations, including other council departments or public sector bodies. This list should include summary details of the start and end date of the lease, the lease holder, and the annual revenue that is raised from the lease. This should be supplied in Microsoft excel format, or another machine readable, open format. It should not be supplied in pdf format files.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Moray Council

Title: Common Good Funds

Reference: 101003053175

Dear Ally Tibbitt

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Thank you for your information request Common Good Funds received 2022-04-19. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

In order to co-ordinate your request, I am acting as your central point of contact and can be contacted by email at [Moray Council request email]

We have 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we will provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible. Your request and our response will be posted on our disclosure log within the FOI section on our website. No personal information will be included. A copy of our privacy notice can be viewed at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/p...

Please note that The Moray Council owns copyright in the material supplied in response to your enquiry unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents and information by the Council does not give the person or organisation who receives them the right to re-use the documents in a way which would infringe copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Such material is not to be used commercially without permission from the copyright holder.

Should this information be reused for commercial purposes the information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. Under these regulations the Council is entitled to charge a fee for the re-use of information.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the manner in which the Council has dealt with your request for information, you are entitled to ask the Council to review within 40 working days its actions and decisions. If you would like a review of the decision please write to the Records and Heritage Manager, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, IV30 1HS. A review panel will convene and has 20 working days to consider and respond to your appeal. All appeal requests must be made in writing.

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal within 6 months by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Jacqui Graham
Information Co-ordinator
01343 563110
The Moray Council
[Moray Council request email]

Dear Moray Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Moray Council's handling of my FOI request 'Common Good funds: assets, value and spending'.

This FOI request is now long overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Moray Council

Dear Mr Tibbitt

Review

Reference: 101003097591

Thank you for your request for a review of the decision by the Moray Council concerning FOI Common Good Funds - 101003053175 received 2022-06-17. This is being dealt with in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

In order to co-ordinate your request I am acting as your central point of contact and can be contacted by email at [Moray Council request email]

We have 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we will respond at an earlier date where possible. Your request and our response will be posted on our disclosure log within the FOI section on our website. No personal information will be included. A copy of our privacy notice can be viewed at http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/p...

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Imke Henderson

Information Co-ordinator

The Moray Council

[Moray Council request email]

Moray Council

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Reference: 101003053175

Dear Mr Tibbitt

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

Thank you for your information request concerning Common Good Funds dated 2022-04-20. This is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Please find attached an Excel sheet containing the responses to your request. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

Please note that The Moray Council owns copyright in the material supplied in response to your enquiry unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents and information by the Council does not give the person or organisation who receives them the right to re-use the documents in a way which would infringe copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Such material is not to be used commercially without permission from the copyright holder.

Should this information be reused for commercial purposes the information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. Under these regulations the Council is entitled to charge a fee for the re-use of information.

If you are dissatisfied in any way with the manner in which the Council has dealt with your request for information, you are entitled to ask the Council to review its actions and decisions. If you would like a review of the decision please write to the Records and Heritage Manager, Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, IV30 1HS. A review panel will convene and has 20 working days to consider and respond to your appeal. All appeal requests must be made in writing.

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal within 6 months by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Imke Henderson
Information Co-ordinator
01343 563110

The Moray Council
[Moray Council request email]

Moray Council

Dear Mr Tibbitt

Review Reference: 101003097591

Thank you for your review request concerning Common Goods Fund dated 2022-06-23. This has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Following your request for a review, a review into the Freedom of Information (FOI) Request - Common Good Funds - 101003053175 was held on 30th June 2022. In attendance were the Records and Heritage Manager, Principal Accountant Corporate Services, Senior Solicitor and Information Co-ordinator.

Your FOI Request from 19/04/2022 was discussed, and whilst a response from the department was received in time, there were serious delays in responding and providing the information to you. This was due to a high level of staff churn, the use of relief staff and the impact of COVID-related staff absences within the FOI Team. We confirm that we now have staff and procedures in place and hope that delays of this kind will not happen again.

We apologise sincerely for the poor service you have received.

Please note that the Moray Council owns copyright in the material supplied in response to your enquiry unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents and information by the Council does not give the person or organisation who receives them the right to re-use the documents in a way which that would infringe copyright under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Such material is not to be used commercially without permission from the copyright holder.

Should this information be re-used for commercial purposes the information will be subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005. Under these regulations the Council is entitled to charge a fee for the re-use of information.

If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of this review, then you may appeal by writing to the Scottish Information Commissioner via their online appeal service at www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal or to Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9DS.

Further information on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 can be obtained by visiting www.moray.gov.uk or the Scottish Information Commissioner's website, www.itspublicknowledge.info.

Yours sincerely

Imke Henderson
Information Co-ordinator

The Moray Council
[Moray Council request email]