Cost of managing asbestos in schools

The request was partially successful.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:
1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between 2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to enclose asbestos within schools)
2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006 and 2016
3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016
4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016
6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools between 2017 and 2027

I understand that under the Act I am entitled to a response within 20 working days of your receipt of this request. Some parts of the request may be easier to answer than others. Should this be the case, I request that you release information as soon as possible.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act. I will also expect you to release all non-exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to charge excessive
fees.

I would prefer to receive the information electronically.

If you require any clarification, please contact me in accordance with your duty under Section 16 to provide advice and assistance if you find any aspect of this FOI request problematic.

Please acknowledge receipt of this request by email. I look forward to receiving the information in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Lucie Stephens

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Stephens

Your email of 5 September 2017 seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been received and will be dealt with within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Senior Information Management Officer
Business Services - Digital

Treasury Building
Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 691 8201
[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Stephens

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request regarding
asbestos management in schools, in which you asked:

 

1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between
2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to
enclose asbestos within schools)

2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006
and 2016

3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management
of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016

4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education
Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools
between 2006 and 2016

5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the
Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos
from schools between 2006 and 2016

6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools
between 2017 and 2027

 

In accordance with FOI legislation, the Council’s response to your enquiry
is due 3 October 2017.  Unfortunately we will not be able to meet this
deadline due to the extended absence of key personnel who are able to
provide the requested information.  I apologise for this delay and hope to
be able to send you a response by 17 October 2017.

 

I am grateful for your patience in this matter and will forward the
response as soon as possible.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[1]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

[3]LGC Awards15_Winner_MIP

 

 

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Stephens

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request regarding the
cost of asbestos management in school premises.  Please see the Council’s
response to your enquiry below.

 

1. the amount of money spent on asbestos management in schools between
2006 and 2016 (to include the costs of surveys, staff training and work to
enclose asbestos within schools)

·         Exempt under Section 12 of the FOIA 2000 – see below

 

2. the amount of money spent on asbestos removal from schools between 2006
and 2016

·         Exempt under Section 12 of the FOIA 2000 – see below

 

Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public
authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if
it is estimated that to do so would exceed the appropriate limit,
currently set at 18.5 hours. Having reviewed the scope of your request, we
must advise that the information requested is not centrally recorded and
in order to facilitate your request, a manual exercise would be required
to identify the information requested, estimated to take in the region of
34 hours.  This would clearly exceed this limit and as such the Council
relies on section 12 (1) to refuse your request.

 

3. the amount of money spent on fines for breaches in the safe management
of asbestos in schools between 2006 and 2016

·         There has been no fines or breaches from 2006-2016

 

4. funding sought from the Department of Education and the Education
Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos from schools
between 2006 and 2016

·         There has been no funding available from the Department of
Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and
removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016  

 

5. the amount of funding approved by the Department of Education and the
Education Funding Authority for the management and removal of asbestos
from schools between 2006 and 2016

·         There has been no funding approved from the Department of
Education and the Education Funding Authority for the management and
removal of asbestos from schools between 2006 and 2016 5. However, there
has been approximately £50,000.00 within the councils Planned Preventative
Maintenance budget annually  that deals with the management and
removal/treatment of asbestos.

 

6. the projected budget for future management of asbestos in schools
between 2017 and 2027

·         We hope to maintain the £50,000.00 per annum however you will be
aware that all Local Authorities are under severe financial pressure to
make savings

 

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review of the refusal of the information
requested.  Please direct any request for an internal review to
[1][Wirral Borough Council request email]  and your request will be allocated to
another officer for review.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of an internal review you also
have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, who can be
contacted at [2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Senior Information Management Officer

Business Services - Digital

 

Treasury Building

Argyle Street
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

 

[3]Tel: 0151 691 8201

[4][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

 

[5]LGC Awards15_Winner_MIP

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

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2. https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/
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4. mailto:[Wirral Borough Council request email]

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