Common Purpose

R Soles made this Freedom of Information request to Brighton and Hove City Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Waiting for an internal review by Brighton and Hove City Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please provide the following information:

Charity "Common Purpose"; meaning the training organisation of that
name:http://www.commonpurpose.org/home.aspx

On a yearly basis from 2000 onwards , unless of course money was
paid to Common Purpose from an earlier period, in which case please
include information from the earlier period.

1. Name all Elected Councillors who have attended a Common Purpose
course?

2. Name all employees who have attended a Common Purpose course?

3. How much money has been paid to this organisation?

4. Please provide copies of invoices/receipts.

Yours faithfully,

R Soles

Freedom Of Information, Brighton and Hove City Council

Thank you for your request for information and I confirm we shall
respond as quickly as possible but not later than 3 April 2009.

Wendy Kassamani
Information Compliance Administrator
Brighton & Hove City Council
Tel: 01273 296636

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Wendy Kassamani, Brighton and Hove City Council

The Information Commissioner's Office(ICO) has published new guidance to
help public authorities respond to information requests from people using
pseudonyms or fictitious names to disguise their real identity.

According to the guidance public authorities are entitled to treat a
request as invalid, where the real name of the requester has not been
used. The ICO itself will not be dealing with complaints that come from
pseudonyms and false names.

Wendy Kassamani

Information Compliance Administrator

Brighton & Hove City Council

Tel: 01273 296636

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Dear Wendy Kassamani,

Thank you for your reply; being fully aware of the ICO Guidance 9th January 2009.

Please supply the information requested.

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Dear Sir or Madam,

As you will be aware under the freedom of information act your
response is now over due.

Please confirm how long a delay can be expected?

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Dear Sir or Madam,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Brighton & Hove Council's handling of my FOI request 'Common Purpose'.

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

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Paul ONeill, Brighton and Hove City Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Thank you for your emails dated 14 April 2009 regarding your requests for
information concerning Common Purpose and the Council's Transparency
Policy and your subsequent appeal.

I have considered your appeal but agree with the original decision not to
disclose the information to you.

A stated in the original responses from Wendy Kassamani to your requests,
the Information Commissioner's Office(ICO) has published new guidance to
help public authorities respond to information requests from people using
pseudonyms or fictitious names to disguise their real identity.

According to the guidance public authorities are entitled to treat a
request as invalid, where the real name of the requester has not been
used. The ICO itself will not be dealing with complaints that come from
pseudonyms and false names.

If you wish to send a copy of some means of identification to me such as a
utility bill, then I will be happy to process any request for information
from you. You can, if you choose, to send the i.d. to:

Paul O'Neill

Brighton & Hove City Council

Hove Town Hall

Hove

East Sussex

BN3 4AH

If you are still not satisfied after your complaint has been investigated,
you can escalate your complaint to the Information Commissioners Office.
The contact details are:

The Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone number: 01625 545745

e-mail: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.dataprotection.gov.uk

If you have any other queries regarding this process, please contact me.

Yours sincerely

PJ O'Neill

ICT Partnership Manager

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communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error please notify the sender immediately.
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Dear Paul ONeill,

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ad...

You could find this link of interest, there is no evidence that the public has to prove their identification; could it be that it is the other way round and it is your organisation that has something to hide.

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Paul ONeill, Brighton and Hove City Council

Dear Sir/ Madam

thank you for your below email. I have read the attached note which I
had previously seen. I do not have a problem with accepting email
requests for information or doubt that yours is a valid email address.
We receive many email FOI requests and indeed it makes it easier for us
to respond to.

As you state there is no requirement for you to prove your
identification. I have offered this as an option for you to further
your request.

However, the Information Commissioner's Office(ICO) has published
guidance to help public authorities respond to information requests from
people using pseudonyms or fictitious names to disguise their real
identity.

My view is that R Soles is a fictitious name that you are using.

According to the guidance public authorities are entitled to treat a
request as invalid, where the real name of the requester has not been
used. The ICO itself will not be dealing with complaints that come from
pseudonyms and false names.

The Council is not trying to hide any information by turning down your
request. We are merely trying to set a precedent that requests from,
what we believe to be fictitious named persons, are not responded to
with the requested information.

Before I can process your request for information which I am very happy
to do, I require your real name before the request is deemed valid.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Neill
ICT Partnership Manager

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Dear Paul ONeill,

You can obviously presume what you like and your view is incorrect.

I am not in the habit of making up names to satisfy your presumptions, but if you insist, you can call me

Robert,Rob,Bert or even Bertie.

Yours sincerely,

R Soles

Dear Sir or Madam,

Can you please confirm whether or not you intend complying with the FOIA?

Yours sincerely,

R Soles