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Dear City of Edinburgh Council,
Could you supply me with a detailed breakdown of the costs of your occupational health provider.
Ie.
Total amount paid annualy
cost of telephone refferal.
Cost of face to face consultation.

Basically a price list of all options

Yours faithfully,
Craig Cummings

Freedom of Information, City of Edinburgh Council

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City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

Date: 19/08/2014

Our ref: 4434

Dear Mr Cummings

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Cost of occupational health refferal

Thank you for your request for information of 15/08/2014 which was received on 19/08/2014. In your request you asked for "A detailed breakdown of the costs of your occupational health provider. e.g. total amount paid annually, cost of telephone referral, cost of face to face consultation. Basically a price list of all options"

Your request is being processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case we will let you know.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so on, then please let me know.

If you have any queries or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20249/d...

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,
Information Compliance Unit

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

Date: 27/08/2014

Our ref: 4434

Dear Mr Cummings

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Clarification

Subject: Cost of occupational health refferal

Thank you for your request for information of 15/08/2014 which is being processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In your request, you asked for A detailed breakdown of the costs of your occupational health provider. e.g. total amount paid annually, cost of telephone referral, cost of face to face consultation. Basically a price list of all options.

Unfortunately, we cannot identify the information you have requested from the details you have provided. To help us meet your request, could you please provide the following:

Can you provide which period the information is required for as it is not specified.

On receipt of these further details, we will respond to your request within 20 working days. Please note that the statutory 20 working day deadline for responding to your request does not start until we receive the requested clarification from you.

If we do not hear from you within 40 working days, we will assume that you are no longer seeking the information you have requested and we will take no further action.

If you wish to discuss further, please get in touch. Please quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Clayton Pratt
Information Compliance Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

I require the information from 2010 - until the present day.

And the price list from your current supplier health managment.

Yours faithfully,

crsig cummings

City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

Date: 27/08/2014

Our ref: 4434

Dear Mr Cummings

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Request for Clarification - Reciept

Subject: Cost of occupational health refferal

Thank you for providing clarification on the above request for information of 15/08/2014. We will respond to your request within 20 working days. Please note that the statutory 20 working day deadline for responding to your request starts upon receipt of clarification. This means we have until 24/09/2014 to respond to your request.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details.

Further information about your rights and accessing information is available on our website at: www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Clayton Pratt
Information Compliance Officer

Information Governance Unit
Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Information Compliance 5, City of Edinburgh Council

Mr Craig Cummings

 

Date: 24/09/2014

 

Our ref: 4434

 

Dear Mr Cummings

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Partial Release of
Information

 

Subject: Cost of occupational health referral

 

Thank you for your request for information of 15/08/2014, which has been
processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002. Unfortunately, the Council is only able to meet part of your
request; this information is released to you now in the format requested.

 

You clarified that you wished for information from 2010.

 

You asked the following;

Could you supply me with a detailed breakdown of the costs of your
occupational health provider? Ie.
1. Total amount paid annually
2. Cost of telephone referral.
3. Cost of face to face consultation. Basically a price list of all
options

 

Our response;

A1. The Council’s annual expenditure on occupational health services in
the financial years 2009/10 to 2013/14 was:

 

Year Expenditure
April 2009 - March 2010 £419,068
April 2010 - March 2011 £291,667
April 2011 - March 2012 £291,667
April 2012 - March 2013 £395,967
April 2013 - March 2014 £421,236

 

 

A2&3. The information that you asked for regarding the cost of telephone
referral and the cost of face to face consultation will not be released.
Under the terms of the Act, a request for information can be refused where
one or more exemptions listed in the legislation apply. In this instance,
the Council is applying the following exemption to the information that
you have requested: Section 33 (1)(b) – Commercial interests and the
economy. This exemption applies if its disclosure under this Act would, or
would likely to, prejudice substantially the commercial interests of any
person or Scottish authority In this case the occupational health
provider.

 

I am also required to consider the application of the public interest test
under section 2(1)(b). In doing so the Council appreciates the public
interest in ensuring that it receives value for money and is transparent
and accountable in how it spends public funds. However, if the Council
were to release this information into the public domain, it would cause
substantial harm to the commercial interests for the Council’s current
contracted occupational health provider. The contract was awarded from a
framework agreement with only a small number of suppliers, therefore the
information is commercially sensitive. The Council therefore finds that
the public interest in providing this information is outweighed by the
Council’s need to maintain confidentiality on costs in line with the need
to provide best value for money and ensuring fair, open and transparent
competition.

 

Please note that this letter constitutes a formal refusal notice under
section 16 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the
Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under
the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made
available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal
details. The disclosure log is available at the following link:
[1]http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/175...

 

Your right to seek a review

 

I appreciate that our decision may disappoint you and I am sorry that we
have not been able to release all the information you requested on this
occasion. If you are unhappy with the way we have dealt with your request,
you can ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to:

 

Head of Legal Risk and Compliance

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1

4, East Market Street

Edinburgh

EH8 8BG or,

email: [2]legal.[Edinburgh City Council request email]

 

Please note that your request must be in a recordable format (email,
letter, audio tape etc.), and that you have 40 working days upon receipt
of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your review request within 20 working days of its receipt. Please quote
the reference number above in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

Website [3]www.itspublicknowledge.info

E-mail: [4][email address]

Yours sincerely

 

Clayton Pratt

Information Compliance Officer

 

Information Governance Unit

Level 2:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340

[5][Edinburgh City Council request email] [6]www.edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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