Consultant Anna Klonowski. Declarations. Costs. Nature of association

The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

AKA Associates, headed by local government consultant Anna Klonowski has a track record of working with Wirral Council, in the areas of training of senior officers and councillors, consultation on governance, and "independent" investigation. According to press reports, and the council website, it appears AKA's associations with the Council as an "independent" consultant are ongoing and developing further.

The public are uncertain as to the true extent and nature of AKA's affiliations with the council, the number and totals of financial transactions, the original starting date, also any unpublished declarations of association with the council - the kind of thing that would need to be set out clearly, in detail and made accessible prior to the commencement of any truly "independent" investigation.

In the interests of openness and transparency, please provide the following:

1. Start date of first collaboration between Wirral Council and Anna Klonowski Associates, or the company she represented at that time.

2. Between the above date and the current date, the total monies paid by Wirral Council to AKA Associates, or the company she represented during this period.

3. A complete list of declarations made by AKA Associates prior to any "independent" investigation being commissioned and authorised by the Council and undertaken by AKA Associates, or the company she represented at that time.

4. Document containing the full remit of the investigation commissioned and signed off by Council Leader Jeff Green - later undertaken by AKA Associates.

5. Copy of detailed Council policy and procedure pertaining to "external" or "independent" investigations. This would include a full explanation of the requirements necessary to ensure that an investigation would not be at risk of having its integrity compromised by e.g. "an undeclared prior association with the commissioning body".

Please note, I have made a number of reasonable applications for information over the last two years, many of which have met with obfuscation, and one with a 'wall of silence'. See this link:

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

I am still optimistic however that Wirral Council can rescue its plummeting reputation, where the free flow of information, openness and transparency are concerned,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

D. Speers left an annotation ()

I await the reply with interest!

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Further to the previous request (Item 3.)

The declarations referred to here would be statements made to the commissioning body, required to satisfy any impartiality requirements / conflict of interest guidance listed within the external / independent investigations policy and/or procedure.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Consultant Anna Klonowski. Declarations. Costs. Nature of association'.

You have failed to acknowledge receipt or respond to this freedom of information request as required by statutory law. Please pass this request to a senior officer to take up on my behalf and kindly ask the public servant concerned to get in touch, identify himself, and get an open and transparent dialogue going with the public regarding this important issue.

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 faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Appealed to the Information Commissioner.

O'Hare, Tracy J., Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning

 

Wirral Borough Council acknowledges your request for information and
further correspondence regards your enquiry and apologies for the delay in
response.  Your request is with the department of Law HR and asset
management and we will respond with any information we can provide as soon
as this information is available.  Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Wirral Council

 

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Dear O'Hare, Tracy J.,

I have asked for an internal review. Please treat this whole request as an internal review,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Here is a link to an article, setting out what I feel is the background and true motivation behind Wirral Council's very poor response times.

Notably, there are just 2 people dedicated to Freedom of Information and Data at this council (one professional and one admin assistant) - which says it all really.

http://easyvirtualassistance.wordpress.c...

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

1 Attachment

Good Morning,

You have asked the Council for an internal review of this request for
information.  Please see attachment and also text below, apologies for the
delay in responding to you.

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information Manager

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

 

From: Paul Cardin [mailto:[FOI #116379 email]]
Sent: 12 May 2012 21:42
To: InfoMgr, FinDMT
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Consultant Anna Klonowski.
Declarations. Costs. Nature of association

     Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

      Further to the previous request (Item 3.)

The declarations referred to here would be statements made to the
commissioning body, required to satisfy any impartiality requirements /
conflict of interest guidance listed within the external / independent
investigations policy and/or procedure.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

    

     

From: Paul Cardin [[1]mailto:[FOI #116379 email]]

Sent: 12 May 2012 10:21

To: InfoMgr, FinDMT

 

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

AKA Associates, headed by local government consultant Anna Klonowski has a
track record of working with Wirral Council, in the  areas of training of
senior officers and councillors, consultation on governance, and
"independent" investigation. According to press reports, and the council
website, it appears AKA's associations with the Council as an
"independent" consultant are ongoing and developing further.  The public
are uncertain as to the true extent and nature of AKA's affiliations with
the council, the number and totals of financial transactions, the original
starting date, also any unpublished declarations of association with the
council - the kind of thing that would need to be set out clearly, in
detail and made accessible prior to the commencement of any truly
"independent" investigation.  In the interests of openness and
transparency, please provide the following:

   

 

1. Start date of first collaboration between Wirral Council and Anna
Klonowski Associates, or the company she represented at that time.

July 2008 was the date the first Invoice raised

  

2. Between the above date and the current date, the total monies paid by
Wirral Council to AKA Associates, or the company she represented during
this period.

    377,504.00

 

 3. A complete list of declarations made by AKA Associates prior to any
"independent" investigation being commissioned and authorised by the
Council and undertaken by AKA Associates, or the company she  represented
at that time.

The Council was aware of the previous work that had been undertaken by AKA
in relation to training provision.  Please also refer to attachment.

  

  4. Document containing the full remit of the investigation commissioned
and signed off by Council Leader Jeff Green – later undertaken by AKA
Associates.

Please see attached

    

     5. Copy of detailed Council policy and procedure pertaining to
"external" or "independent" investigations. This would include a full
explanation of the requirements necessary to ensure that an investigation
would not be at risk of having its integrity compromised by e.g. "an
undeclared prior association with the commissioning body".

 

    [2]http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/mgIssueHi...
and also attached document

 

     Please note, I have made a number of reasonable applications for
information over the last two years, many of which have met with
obfuscation, and one with a 'wall of silence'. See this link:

    

    
[3]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/da...

 

     I am still optimistic however that Wirral Council can rescue its
 plummeting reputation, where the free flow of information, openness and
transparency are concerned,

     Yours faithfully,

    Paul Cardin

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Reminded the Information Commissioner.
This is S L O W isn't it?

John Hannigan (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Slow Paul its 13 months
old this is Wirral Metropolitan Council. Maybe Usain Bolt shud be employed to sort it.

D. Speers left an annotation ()

Couldnt catch a cold its soooo sllloooww. Thought there was an FOI time limit unless delay agreed!

Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

I've written to the Information Commissioner himself AND blogged on it now.

It's also been appealed with the Information Commissioner for some time now, but the cogs are grinding "exceeding slowly"...

http://wirralinittogether.wordpress.com/...

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