Cost of managing asbestos in schools

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Dear Durham County 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

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

This letter is our acknowledgement of your request received 05-SEP-2017. 
Please note the reference number in the subject line of this email and
refer to it in any future correspondence. The case officer dealing with
your request is:

 

Christine Paciorek Tel. 03000 268036

 

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The Information Management Team

Durham County Council

Assistant Chief Executive’s Office

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County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UF

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Email: [1][Durham County Council request email]

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Management Team

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

Dear Ms Stephens,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – RESPONSE TO REQUEST

 

We regret that we have been unable to provide the information within the
20 day deadline.

 

Rest assured that every effort is being made to provide the information
and we shall endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

In the meantime, please accept our sincere apologies and please contact
the relevant case officer – Christine Paciorek Tel. 03000 268036, should
you wish to discuss this matter further.

 

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience.

 

Our main contact details are:

 

The Information Management Team

Durham County Council

Assistant Chief Executive’s Office

Room 4/143-148

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UF

 

Tel: 03000 268038

Email: [1][Durham County Council request email]

 

Yours sincerely,

 

The Information Management Team

 

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

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Dear Ms Stephens
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Response to request for information FOI20175823RS
Please accept our sincere apologies for our late response to your request for information. Please see our response attached.
Yours sincerely

Christine Paciorek BA(Hons) PC foi and dp
Freedom of Information and Data Protection Officer
Transformation and Partnerships
Durham County Council
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UF
Telephone 03000 268036

Switchboard 03000 26 0000

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