copies of various invoices paid in February 2014

ScarletPimpernel made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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ScarletPimpernel

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you provide copies of the following invoices paid in February 2014.

Information is in the form supplier name, transaction number, amount, description

Wirral Schools Services Limited 1457617 £1092160.12 PFI & PPP Schemes
Colas Ltd 1455840 £728060.31 COLAS CRM Payments
West Kirby Residential School 1458140 £535098 Training Expenses
LiquidLogic Limited 1460524 £442,443 VPE - Consultants Fees
Turner Groundscare 1456485 £284,925.60 Equipment
Oracle Corporation UK Limited 1459749 £218,803.42 Communications and Computing
EDF Energy 1 Limited 1460052 £168097.39 Electricity
Community Caring Ltd 1455281 £166544.43 Care Provision
Community Caring Ltd 1457956 £159758.50 Continuing Health Recovery from PCT
Mears Care Limited (Careforce) 1458037 £133675.64 Continuing Health Recovery from PCT
Conlon Construction Limited 1459116 £129148.57 Contractors - Main
Mears Care Limited (Careforce) 1458037 £126071.25 Continuing Health Recovery from PCT
Local Solutions 1458027 £122032.50 Care Provision
Local Solutions 1458027 £117071.38 Care Provision
Matrix SCM Ltd 1460535 £115714.43 Agency Staff
UK Productions Limited 1455205 £115394.72 Advertising, Publicity & Marketing
Foz Electrical Limited 1459152 £108638.51 Contractors - Main
Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership (Enterprise) Ltd 1461505 £106999.99 Training Expenses
Liverpool John Moores University 1461542 £100000 Hired or Contracted services

Yours faithfully,

John Brace

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning,

Thank you for your recent email shown below, apologies for the slight
delay in responding to you. 

 

The Council is refusing your request and has relied on the exemption
contained within section 22 (1) in refusing your request.  Section 22 is
“Information intended for Future Publication”.  See additional detail
below on the use of this exemption:-

 

This month, The Department for Communities and Local Government has issued
its Local Government Transparency Code 2014.  This Code requires Local
Authorities:-

Proactively and routinely publish some types of data

Publish some types of data on an annual basis

Gives recommendations for some additional data types to be published

 

Local Authorities have a 6 month period from May 2014 to comply with the
code.   

[1]www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/308185/Local_Government_Transparency_Code_2014_Final.pdf

 

Invoices are required to be routinely published and the Council will
therefore be proactively and routinely publishing invoices within the next
6 months.  Your request is therefore refused and we have relied on the
exemption contained within Section 22 (1) of The FOI legislation. 

This exemption does not require for a publication date to be determined,
but it will be within the next 6 months.

 

You have the right to ask for an Internal Review of the refusal to supply
some of the information requested and this should be addressed to
[2][Wirral Borough Council request email] and it will be assigned to an
Officer. 

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the result of any Internal Review then you
may complain to the Information Commissioner at
[3]https://ico.org.uk/Global/contact_us

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information Manager

Wirral Council

 

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ScarletPimpernel

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 'copies of various invoices paid in February 2014'.

I requested copies of various invoices (listed below from February 2014).

Wirral Schools Services Limited 1457617 £1092160.12 PFI & PPP
Schemes
Colas Ltd 1455840 £728060.31 COLAS CRM Payments
West Kirby Residential School 1458140 £535098 Training Expenses
LiquidLogic Limited 1460524 £442,443 VPE - Consultants Fees
Turner Groundscare 1456485 £284,925.60 Equipment
Oracle Corporation UK Limited 1459749 £218,803.42 Communications
and Computing
EDF Energy 1 Limited 1460052 £168097.39 Electricity
Community Caring Ltd 1455281 £166544.43 Care Provision
Community Caring Ltd 1457956 £159758.50 Continuing Health Recovery
from PCT
Mears Care Limited (Careforce) 1458037 £133675.64 Continuing Health
Recovery from PCT
Conlon Construction Limited 1459116 £129148.57 Contractors - Main
Mears Care Limited (Careforce) 1458037 £126071.25 Continuing Health
Recovery from PCT
Local Solutions 1458027 £122032.50 Care Provision
Local Solutions 1458027 £117071.38 Care Provision
Matrix SCM Ltd 1460535 £115714.43 Agency Staff
UK Productions Limited 1455205 £115394.72 Advertising, Publicity &
Marketing
Foz Electrical Limited 1459152 £108638.51 Contractors - Main
Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership (Enterprise) Ltd 1461505
£106999.99 Training Expenses
Liverpool John Moores University 1461542 £100000 Hired or
Contracted services

I have read the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 and it does require you to publish invoices for expenditure over £500. However the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 does not require invoices created before the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 was published to be published. The Transparency Code 2014 was published in May 2014 and does not apply retrospectively to invoices from February 2014.

Therefore there is no requirement on Wirral Council due to the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 to publish these invoices which were created prior to the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 being published.

I therefore request an internal review of the invoices side of this request on the grounds that the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 does not place a requirement on Wirral council to publish the invoices that this FOI request is about, but only invoices created after the Local Government Transparency Code 2014 was published. Therefore the exemption in s.22 would seem not to have been applied correctly.

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,

John Brace

Margaret Campbell left an annotation ()

Of course, Section 22 is not an absolute exemption. Data can only be withheld if the council has weighed the pros and cons and concluded that the public interest in maintaining the exemption is greater than the public interest in providing the information.

No sign of that process.

Stefan Ellis left an annotation ()

I think the powers that be, are always hoping that if replies are delayed long enough, some of the good folk making enquiries will have an accident or die during the wait. These people remind me of a boxer running around the ring in the hope of not being hit.

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon

 

In regard to your 2 enquiries of 2^nd June 2014, ref:764322 and
ref:765881, Wirral Council understands that you have now had sight of the
invoices in question and have been provided with the information you
sought.  We now intend to treat these enquiries as completed.

 

Kind Regards

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management

Transformation and Resources

Wirral Council

 

This information supplied to you is copyrighted and continues to  be
protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free  to
use it for your own purposes, including any non commercial research  you
are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other reuse, for 
example commercial publication, would require our specific permission, 
may involve licensing and the application of a charge.

 

 

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