Community Interest Companies East Devon

The request was partially successful.

Dear East Devon District Council,

I would like to make a formal request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. I am also making this Request under the
Environmental Impact Regulations 2004.

The term Community Interest Company (CIC) appears to have been used in relation to a number of existing or proposed businesses in East Devon and I should welcome some clarification and information as to any support arrangements between EDDC and any such organisations.

Firstly, will you kindly provide me with a list of all CICs which have received some funding, or benefit in kind, or other support from taxpayers via EDDC grant etc.

Will you also provide me with a list of any CIC, or person/company/body which intends to become a CIC that will have any sort of financial relationship/support with EDDC.

In respect of existing CICs, will you kindly give an indication of the sort of financial or other support which they have received from EDDC. I should like specifics but at present I have no idea as to the extent of any such arrangements so I cannot yet assess what sort of task this would be - perhaps we can negotiate, at an early stage, the degree of information that could be provided .

In respect of any and all anticipated near-future arrangements , and I am thinking particularly of Queens Drive Exmouth, please provide the fullest details available, to include, but not be restricted to, time frames, nature and level of EDDC support.

As public funds, in one form or another, are likely to have been, or will be involved, in local CICs, what arrangements exist to ensure that the interests of the ratepayer are protected? Are there any representatives of the council on any governing body of existing CICs, are any such posts anticipated for future CICs?

What mecanisms exist to inform council and the public as to the proper use of public funds by such CICs. Please provide or otherwise make available, any reports, minutes and the like.

I believe LED is a CIC supported by EDDC financially in grants, in promises as to the future and perhaps other ways, with public funds. Please provide any and all information held that relates to the LED take over and running of what is presently called The Ocean (under any/all of its past names) and the support it has received, in any form, from EDDC.

Finally, if LED is a CIC, does EDDC receive any benefit from its association with the CIC and if so what form does any such benefit take (meeting rooms perhaps?). If any, full details please

Yours faithfully,

T Todd

East Devon District Council

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Sara Harvey, East Devon District Council

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    FOI 101000739055 Grants from East Devon to CICs Completed Deed of Guarantee LED dated 10062015 00061814 redacted.pdf

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Dear Mr Todd,                            

Thank you for your request for information.  Please see our response below
to your query. 

 

The term Community Interest Company (CIC) appears to have been used in
relation to a number of existing or proposed businesses in East Devon and
I should welcome some clarification and information as to any support
arrangements between EDDC and any such organisations.

 

1. Firstly, will you kindly provide me with a list of all CICs which have
received some funding, or benefit in kind, or other support from taxpayers
via EDDC grant etc. - We do not hold a specific list of CICs that the
Council has had financial dealings with. Equally, there is no timeframe
which you expect the Council to consider. Accordingly, and given that CICs
were introduced in 2004 / 2005, it is considered that to fully answer the
request would exceed 18 hours. If you would like to reframe your question
then the Council will consider your request further.

 

2. Will you also provide me with a list of any CIC, or person/company/body
which intends to become a CIC that will have any sort of financial
relationship/support with EDDC - We do not hold this information.

 

3. In respect of existing CICs, will you kindly give an indication of the
sort of financial or other support which they have received from EDDC. I
should like specifics but at present I have no idea as to the extent of
any such arrangements so I cannot yet assess what sort of task this would
be - perhaps we can negotiate, at an early stage, the degree of
information that could be provided - Please refer to the answer provided
for question 1.

 

4. In respect of any and all anticipated near-future arrangements , and I
am thinking particularly of Queens Drive Exmouth, please provide the
fullest details available, to include, but not be restricted to, time
frames, nature and level of EDDC support - This is still subject to
negotiation at this time and is therefore commercially confidential. This
aspect of your request is therefore refused under Section 43 of the FOI
Act 2000.

 

5. As public funds, in one form or another, are likely to have been, or
will be involved, in local CICs, what arrangements exist to ensure that
the interests of the ratepayer are protected? Are there any
representatives of the council on any governing body of existing CICs, are
any such posts anticipated for future CICs? - You are asking for
explanation which falls outside of the scope of FOI. In terms of
representatives on external governing bodies, all of the Council
appointments are contained in the Council / Agenda minutes from Annual
Council held on 17^th May, which can be found here -
[1]http://eastdevon.gov.uk/council-and-demo....

 

6. What mechanisms exist to inform council and the public as to the proper
use of public funds by such CICs? Please provide or otherwise make
available, any reports, minutes and the like - You are asking for
explanation which falls outside of the scope of FOI. In terms of specific
reports / minutes etc. in respect of CICs, I refer you to answer 1.

 

7. I believe LED is a CIC supported by EDDC financially in grants, in
promises as to the future and perhaps other ways, with public funds.
Please provide any and all information held that relates to the LED take
over and running of what is presently called The Ocean (under any/all of
its past names) and the support it has received, in any form, from EDDC -
LED (LED Leisure management Ltd) is not a CIC. The Council agreed to act
as a rent Guarantor for LED in relation to Ocean for the first 5 years of
operation. A copy of the agreement is attached.

 

8. Finally, if LED is a CIC, does EDDC receive any benefit from its
association with the CIC and if so what form does any such benefit take
(meeting rooms perhaps?). If any, full details please - LED is not a CIC.

 

 

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with the
way we have responded to your request, please contact our Monitoring
Officer, Mr Henry Gordon Lennox, to request an internal review
[2][email address]

 

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at
[3]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara

 

Ms S Harvey

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

01395 571659

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Dear Sara Harvey,

Thank you for your reply. I request clarification on some of your responses.

1. Now that time has moved on and EDDC has publicly announced (23/8/17) that a contract has been signed with Grenadier in respect of the proposed watersports centre, I trust that the negotiations that excused you from answering my question 4 can no longer be regarded as commercially confidential for the purposes of the exemption claimed. Please therefore provide the fullest details available and include, but not be limited to, arrangements that result in any costs falling on the public purse for the foreseable future.

2. You had advised that the LED is not a CIC - but had declined to assist with request clarification (as per the duty under FOI) about the relationship between EDDC and LED, one which is known to exist in some form or another. Please now provide the fullest information about this relationship and specifically what costs fall on the ratepayer through EDDC in the form of grants, bills paid by EDDC for any LED property or service, or any other costs associated with what the public perceive to be the arrangement by which LED runs sports and other facilities on behalf of , or in any partnership with the council (by whatever name the arrangement is known). Note that I refer to all LED activities and not just the arrangement with Ocean Blue.

In respect of my question 8, I would wish to know if EDDC receives any benefit from its relationship with Ocean Blue (through LED or otherwise). Has, for example, EDDC had hire fees waived for those occasions it has used Ocean Blue facilities? If not, what have the hire arrangements and costs been?

The information in respect of the Grenadier contract will be fresh in the minds of those concerned at EDDC and readily available. If the remaining information is not available immediately, please forward the Grenadier information seperately and promptly in accordance with the FOI Act , and then follow up with the remaineder as soon as it becomes available .

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

tim todd

Sara Harvey, East Devon District Council

Thank you for your email. I am currently out of the office returning on
the 29th August 2017. I will reply to your email on my return.

 

If you wish to make a complaint or submit a request for information under
the Freedom of Information Act, please refer to our website at
[1]www.eastdevon.gov.uk 

 

Ms Sara Harvey

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

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Dear East Devon District Council,
Thank you for your acknowledgementbut please note that this is a request for clarification of an ongoing FOI, not a new request and therefore should be responded to promptly, the clock is not reset.

Yours faithfully,

tim todd

Kate Symington, East Devon District Council

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Mr Todd

 

Thank you for your request for information. Please find our response
below:

 

1.      Please provide fullest details available relating to arrangements
that resulted in any costs falling on the public purse as a result of the
signing of the contract between EDDC and Grenadier

The development agreement and agreed Heads of Terms are due for future
publication and will be available on our website in the near future. This
information is therefore currently exempt from disclosure under s22 of the
Freedom of Information Act.

2.      Please provide fullest information about the relationship  (and
costs) through EDDC for any LED property or service, or any associated
costs.
In the current year (2017/18) EDDC has agreed to pay LED £893,720 for
services provided. An additional sum is paid of £5,000 towards swimming
pool provision in Seaton.

Please find attached a copy of the current Service Level Agreement between
EDDC and LED. Note that we have made a small number of redactions to the
LED Business Plan section of this agreement to remove information which
constitutes personal data. This information is exempt from disclosure
under s40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

3.      Does EDDC receive any benefit from its relationship with Ocean
Blue?
The financial relationship between EDDC and LED in respect of Ocean Blue
was detailed to you in your previous request of December 2015 and relevant
information can be accessed here
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

 

 

I hope this information is helpful but, if you feel dissatisfied with our
response to your request, you have the right to request an internal review
by contacting our Monitoring Officer, Henry Gordon Lennox at
[2][email address]

 

You may also approach the Information Commissioner for advice at
[3]www.ico.org.uk

 

Regards

 

Kate

 

Mrs Kate Symington

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

01395 517417

[4]www.eastdevon.gov.uk

 

 

Mrs Kate Symington

Information and Complaints Officer

East Devon District Council

 

01395 517417

www.eastdevon.gov.uk

 

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