Correspondence with Govt. formulae change for RPI calculation

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

May I see all correspondence between the ONS and the Government, agencies of the Government, Members of Parliament, the Bank of England and pension providers relating to the decision to consult on changes to the formulae measure of how the RPI is calculated.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

Office for National Statistics

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Dear Office for National Statistics,

I am advised that, by law, you should have responded by 12 November 2012 to my request to see correspondence with the Government on the formulae change for the RPI calculation.Will you please give me a reason for the delay.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Post

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Mr Post,

Thank you for your email.

I am sorry for the delayed response to your request, it has taken some
time to locate, retrieve and extract the information.

Therefore please accept our apologies and we will send you our response as
soon as possible.

Please contact me if you have any further queries.

Kind regards,

Paul Wearn

Paul Wearn LLB (Hons) | Legal Services | Office for National Statistics |
Room 1400  | Segensworth Road | Fareham | Hampshire | PO15 5RR | Phone:
01329 44 4465

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Freedom of Information request
- Correspondence with Govt.
formulae change for RPI
calculation

     Dear Office for National Statistics,
   
    I am advised that, by law, you should have responded by 12 November
    2012 to my request to see correspondence with the Government on the
    formulae change for the RPI calculation.Will you please give me a
    reason for the delay.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Mike Post
   
   

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Dear FOI Team,

FAO Paul Wearn

Dear Mr Wearn

I should be grateful if you could tell me when you anticipate responding to my request. There are some important topical issues involved.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Mr Post,

Thank you for your email.

I am sorry for the delayed response to your request, it has taken some
time to locate, retrieve and extract the information.

I confirm we have collated this information and we are currently
consulting with other parties referenced in this collection of
correspondence.

Under the FOI code of practice we are required to consult with the other
organisations prior to any release.

Therefore please accept our apologies and we will send you our response as
soon as possible.

Please contact me if you have any further queries.

Kind regards,

Paul Wearn

Paul Wearn LLB (Hons) | Legal Services | Office for National Statistics |
Room 1400  | Segensworth Road | Fareham | Hampshire | PO15 5RR

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     Dear FOI Team,
   
    FAO Paul Wearn
   
    Dear Mr Wearn
   
    I should be grateful if you could tell me when you anticipate
    responding to my request. There are some important topical issues
    involved.
   
    Yours sincerely,
   
    Mike Post
   
   

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FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

Dear Mr Post,

I am sorry for the delayed response to your request.

We are close to concluding our consultation with other parties referenced
in this collection of correspondence.

However, I can confirm we plan to release this information 14 January 2013

Once again, please accept our apologies for any disappointment and
inconvenienced caused.

Please contact me if you have any further queries.

Kind regards,

Paul Wearn

Paul Wearn LLB (Hons) | Legal Services | Office for National Statistics |
Room 1400  | Segensworth Road | Fareham | Hampshire | PO15 5RR

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     Dear FOI Team,
   
    FAO Paul Wearn
   
    Dear Mr Wearn
   
    I should be grateful if you could tell me when you anticipate
    responding to my request. There are some important topical issues
    involved.
   
    Yours sincerely,
   
    Mike Post
   
   

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To: Office for National Statistics,

FAO Mr Wearn

Dear Mr Wearn

"Correspondence with Govt. formulae change for RPI calculation" - Request submitted on 15 October 2012

I am advised that in failing to provide me with the information that I requested on the above topic in a timely manner, the ONS is in breach of the law. I understand that you have been in possession of the requested documents for some time.

As you must be aware, the Consumer Prices Advisory Committee has held a meeting with the National Statistician today, 8th January, to advise her on the options for “improving” the Retails Prices Index following the brief, restricted consultation period. The National Statistician is scheduled to announce her conclusions at 7.00 a.m. on 10th January.

The failure of the ONS to provide the requested material, which relates to a highly sensitive political matter, in a legal and timely manner is an interference in the democratic process.

Will you please take steps to supply me with the material you have collated. Will you please also conduct an internal review of the reason for the unacceptable delay. May I also remind you that, on 19 October 2012, I requested an internal review of your failure to provide me, in a timely manner, with the answer to the request I made on 19 September 2011 “Request to see communications relating to the use of RPI and CPI for pension increases”. I have yet to see the result of that review.

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,

Mike Post

Dear FOI Team,

FAO Mr Wearn

Dear Mr Wearn

I think our emails crossed on 8 January.

You wrote: "I can confirm we plan to release this information 14 January 2013."

It is now 15 January and nothing has appeared. I am not clear that there is anything in the FOI legislation that permits a public body to "release" information on a date of its choosing. The requirement is, I understand, for the requested information to be released in a timely manner.

Will you please explain why the information that I requested has not yet been released to me.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Post

FOI Team, Office for National Statistics

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    CPI RPI Meeting 3 September Email.pdf

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    Statistical arguments for change 120830 MFE paper v11.pdf

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    Summary of the Key decisions taken over past 30 Years MFE what happened when v4.pdf

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    CPAC 12 27 Minutes 13 September 2012.pdf

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    Email Correspondence with Bank of England on draft statement 17 Deptember 2012.pdf

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    Email correspondence between ONS HMT and Bank of England on proposed consultation 14 September 2012.pdf

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    Email correspondence between OSN and Treasury CPAC Meeting follow up 14 September 2012.pdf

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    Email correspondence between OSN and Bank of England CPAC Meeting follow up 14 September 2012.pdf

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    Letter from Jil Matheson to Nick Macpherson Consultation on Retail Prices Index 17 September 2012.pdf

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    Letter from Jil Matheson to Nick Macpherson Consultation on RPI.pdf

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    Letter from Jil Matheson to Charlie Bean Consultation on RPI.pdf

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Our Reference: FOI001524

Dear Mr Post,

Thank you for your email requesting correspondence between the ONS and the
Government, agencies of the Government, Members of Parliament, the Bank of
England and pension providers relating to the decision to consult  on
changes to the formulae measure of how the RPI is calculated.

I am writing to confirm that the  Office for National Statistics has now
completed its search for the information which you requested.
The documents relating to the request are attached. The issues under
consideration were very market sensitive and that contributed to the delay
in answering the request.

This is a complete record of all the material that falls within the scope
of your request. We are unable to supply a small number of documents
containing discussions between ONS and other departments, where release
would prejudice the ability for free and frank exchanges of views. These
documents have been exempted by virtue of section 35 of the FOI Act.
 Additionally another small group of documents has been redacted as in our
view their release would prejudice the economic well-being of the country,
these are exempted by virtue of section 29 of the FOIA. Finally we have
redacted any document to which legal privilege would apply and these have
been redacted using section 42 of the FOI Act.

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Correspondence | Document |
| item | |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| CPI / RPI | Cover email |
| meeting 3 | |
| September | Succinct paper summarising the statistical arguments |
| | for change |
| | |
| | A summary of the key decisions taken over the past 30 |
| | years which show why we are where we are - incl a |
| | more detailed timeline |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| CPAC - 13 | CPAC12(24) |
| September 2012 | Final version of this paper is already in the public |
| | domain. |
| | |
| | CPAC12(24) -  relevant section in the minutes |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| Email | |
| correspondence | |
| with Bank of | |
| England on | |
| draft | |
| statement | |
| 17/09/12 | |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| Spencer Dale | |
| email Email | |
| correspondence | |
| between Derek | |
| Bird (ONS) and | |
| HMT and Bank | |
| of England on | |
| proposed | |
| consultation | |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| Dave Ramsden | |
| email | |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| Spencer Dale | |
| email | |
|----------------+-------------------------------------------------------|
| Letters to | |
| Permanent | |
| Secretaries | |
| Nick | |
| Macpherson | |
| (HMT), Charlie | |
| Bean (BoE) and | |
| Robert Chote | |
| (OBR) | |
| informing them | |
| of RPI | |
| consultation | |
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 Internal review of Freedom of
Information request -
Correspondence with Govt.
formulae change for RPI
calculation

     To: Office for National Statistics,
   
    FAO Mr Wearn
   
    Dear Mr Wearn
   
    "Correspondence with Govt. formulae change for RPI calculation" -
    Request submitted on 15 October 2012
   
    I am advised that in failing to provide me with the information
    that I requested on the above topic in a timely manner, the ONS is
    in breach of the law. I understand that you have been in possession
    of the requested documents for some time.
   
    As you must be aware, the Consumer Prices Advisory Committee has
    held a meeting with the National Statistician today, 8th January,
    to advise her on the options for “improving” the Retails Prices
    Index following the brief, restricted consultation period. The
    National Statistician is scheduled to announce her conclusions at
    7.00 a.m. on 10th January.
   
    The failure of the ONS to provide the requested material, which
    relates to a highly sensitive political matter, in a legal and
    timely manner is an interference in the democratic process.
   
    Will you please take steps to supply me with the material you have
    collated. Will you please also conduct an internal review of the
    reason for the unacceptable delay. May I also remind you that, on
    19 October 2012, I requested an internal review of your failure to
    provide me, in a timely manner, with the answer to the request I
    made on 19 September 2011 “Request to see communications relating
    to the use of RPI and CPI for pension increases”. I have yet to see
    the result of that review.
   
    A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
    available on the Internet at this address:
   
[1]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...
   
    Yours sincerely,
   
    Mike Post
   
   
   
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