Copies of Audit reports

Mike Barnes made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Waiting for an internal review by Staffordshire County Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Please provide me with copies of the follow internal audits/ investigations:

1. Data Protection – Limited Assurance - from the agenda of the Audit and Standards Committee Monday, 25th March, 2013 10.00 am

May I remind you that legal precedent regarding requests for exempt reports has found that exemption under the Local Government Act 1972 do not provide reason to withhold FOI release.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Barnes

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

You are legally obliged to response by today or I will refer you to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Barnes

Stibbs, Lian (D,L&T), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Mr Barnes,

Thank you for your request for information. Certain information relating to audits can be found on our web page at www.staffordshire.gov.uk within our audit committee pages. We do not need to provide this information under s21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Information not published is prohibited from release under s44 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, in that release is prohibited by other legislation.

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please write to Philip Jones, Head of Information Governance, Wedgwood Building, Block A, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH.

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours Sincerely,

Lian Stibbs
Senior Access to Information Officer

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Dear Staffordshire County Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Staffordshire County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Copies of audits reports.

I believe you have unlawfully refused my request using flawed reasoning.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mike Barnes

Dear Stibbs, Lian (D,L&T),

In support of my request for review.

Your reasons for refusal directly contradict precedent set on numerous occasions at FOI tier one tribunals.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Barnes

Dear Stibbs, Lian (D,L&T),

In further support of my internal review i would also like you to note;

that under S1 of the FOIA you are obliged to tell me whether you hold the information or not - even if you refuse the request - you have therefore breached S1 of the FOIA.

that in the exemption you have used - you have not express the specific exemption - you have merely use S44 - to which there are three parts. - this also is in breach of your obligations under the FOIA.

When using S21 of the FOIA you have used it erroneously in that the information I have asked for is on the closed agenda (a point you seem to recognise on the S44 justification) - therefore S21 of the Act cannot apply.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Barnes

Dear Stibbs, Lian (D,L&T),

I have referred this to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Barnes

Stibbs, Lian (D,L&T), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Mr Barnes,

Please find attached the authority's response to your request for an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

Lian Stibbs
Access Manager

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