Common Good funds: assets, value and spending

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Dear Angus 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

Angus Council Information Governance, Angus Council

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Reference: FOI-416614644
Date of request: 20/04/2022
Title of request: Common Good funds: assets, value and spending

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Reference: FOI-416614644
Date of request: 20/04/2022
Title of request: Common Good funds: assets, value and spending
Information request:

Dear Angus 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.

Dear Ally Tibbitt,

Request for Information

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 April 2022 (received
by the Council that same date) which has been passed to me for attention.

You have requested the following information:
 
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:
Common Good annual accounts statement form part of Angus Council annual
accounts
* 2007/08      not available 
* 2012/13     
[1]https://www.angus.gov.uk/sites/default/f...
* 2017/18     
[2]https://www.angus.gov.uk/sites/default/f...
* 2020/21     
[3]https://www.angus.gov.uk/sites/default/f...
* 2021/22 (if known): n/a
 
2. The online location of all available Common Good accounts for the
council.
As above, per AC annual accounts extract above
 
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.
Please see attached:
Common Good Register.xls
 
Please note this may not include the new additions set out under FOI
416614644 Common Good Leases and new properties.xls
 
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.
As Per Common Good statement as part of the AC annual accounts above.
Included are only significant breakdown for one off projects; spend on
Property costs shall be minor repairs and property insurance, spend on
Supplies & Services shall be minimal and Central Support Services is
recharge of costs incurred by Angus Council staff e.g. IT, Legal & Finance
on Common Good work, all Loan Interest Repayments are in respect of
Webster Theatre, Arbroath redevelopment.)
Please see attached:
CG 2012 13 Special Projects spend breakdown RLT 11 05 2022.xls
CG 2017 18 Special Projects spend breakdown RLT 11 05 2022.xls
CG 2020 21 Special Projects spend breakdown RLT 11 05 2022.xls
 
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.
There have been no Common Good Sales in the last 3 financial years (none
since 2018)
 
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.
Please see the attached spreadsheet. There are separate tabs for additions
to the Common Good properties.
Please see attached:
FOI 416614644 Common Good Leases and new properties.xls
 
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.
Please see attached:
FOI 416614644 Common Good Leases and new properties.xls
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Yours sincerely

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