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CA Purkis made this Freedom of Information request to Treasury Solicitor's Department

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Dear Treasury Solicitor’s Department,

For the record;

On the 14th January I sent the following FOI request to you by email;

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could you please provide me with all the paperwork for the amount of fees you have billed the Home Office in relation to my claim Nos:

A49YJ645
3HS00026
1QT79459

You acknowledged this request on the 15th January 2015.

Please note I would be happy with you just providing me with the amounts that have been billed to the Home Office for these cases.

Yours faithfully,

CA Purkis

Dear Treasury Solicitor’s Department,
Thank you for providing me with the information I requested.

The Home Office was charged £4,236.24 for case A49YJ645
The Home Office was charged £3,206.92 for case 3HS00026
The Home Office was charged £9,400.02 for case 1QT79459

That is a total of £16,843.18 of tax payers money the Home Office are paying out to the Treasury Solicitors Office.

In each and every case I pleaded with them not to resort to Court action, but they carried on and settled most of these cases. There is still an ongoing case, which I will get the final figures for.

NEARLY SEVENTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS WASTED BECAUSE THE ADR WAS NOT ADHERRED TO.

Yours faithfully,

CA Purkis

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

My two subject access requests to the Home Office were ignored, and I was forced to go to County Court to get the information from them. They refused all attempts to resolve the matter by actually giving me my data, and made all sorts of outrageous claims (they couldn't find the data etc). While the Treasury Solicitors were racking up these outrageous fees, I was writing to them, pleading with them to get their client to give me my data, so that Court action could be avoided. In most cases the TSOL ignored me and continued with the action AGAINST ME!! They took on the services of Barristers to pen a defence against my SAR???? One of the defence claims was that I had filled in the wrong form!!!! Above are the amounts the TSOL charged the Home Office for their services.

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

All the Home Office had to do to avoid the sum of nearly seventeen thousand pounds to the taxpayer, was do their job properly. These were simple Subject Access Requests.

Jt Oakley left an annotation ()

What an absolute disgrace.

That taxpayer's money is being diverted from the proper business of the Home Office in securing the UK's borders - to try and bully a member of the public to cover up a mistake of its own making.

Perhaps Teresa May's failing department can be persuaded to attend to the job in hand instead of harassing voters into court....At least in the pre-election period.

I would therefore bring this continuing wastage of public money to the attention of the Labour Party and the Taxpayers Alliance.

http://www.taxpayersalliance.com

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

And I have several bits of correspondence, where I ask the Treasury Solicitor why she is wasting taxpayers money and not just advising her client to provide me with the information I requested.
I kept asking about resolution and said I DID NOT want this matter to go to litigation.
This was just a SIMPLE SAR! County Court!
Can you imagine what they are racking up for the big immigration cases?
The tribunal Judges have made several remarks recently about the practice behaviour of these Treasury Solicitors.

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

I wrote to Jonathan Jones. His letter was a litany of arrogance and poorly constructed English. Hard to believe he is one of the most senior civil servants in this country. He states that he does not think its appropriate to engage in formal ADR with me? So they will continue to spend thousands of taxpayers money, rather than engage with me? How on earth do they justify this?

CA Purkis left an annotation ()

They are currently defending a Subject Access Request I made which The Home Office didn't comply with??? I have asked for the costs on this - it should be in the thousands at this point. Once again - on four different occasion I have asked for a resolution. They have ignored each and every one of them.

Jt Oakley left an annotation ()

' I wrote to Jonathan Jones. .... He states that he does not think its appropriate to engage in formal ADR with me? So they will continue to spend thousands of taxpayers money, rather than engage with me? How on earth do they justify this?'

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Could he be frightened of allowing a fair hearing as you keep winning in court?