Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers from Jan to June 2020

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £500 from 1st Jan 2020 to 30th June 2020. As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction. Please also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if you have it.

If it would help, I am specifically looking for payments to suppliers who provide a service in Health and Social Care. This would include all suppliers falling under the following categories :-

1. Payments to suppliers who provide fostering and adoption services to the Council
2. Payments to suppliers who provide care services to the council. This would include suppliers who provide care under each of the categories below
a. Children's Residential/Nursing Care Providers
b. Adult Residential/Nursing Care Providers
c. Elderly Residential/Nursing Care Providers
d. Domiciliary Care Home Providers
e. Supported Living Care Home Providers
f. Care at Home Providers
g. Providers who carry out Homeless Services
3. Payments to suppliers who provide Special Education Services

In particular I am looking for itemized transactions for suppliers from Jan to June 2020 - preferably in CSV format. For avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.

Thank you,
Yours faithfully,
Nikhil Prabhu

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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Dear Mr Prabhu,

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020082027000011)

Thank you for your request submitted under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002. I need to advise you that your request is likely to
take a considerable amount of time to gather this information and a charge
of £12.14 will apply. This has been calculated in accordance with the Act
as follows; 2.5 days at Officer level (£12.00per hour) =£221.40, the Act
requires us to deduct the first £100.00 and then to charge 10% of the
remainder.

However, in accordance with Section 9 of the Act, the Comhairle would be
happy to consider any possible amendment of your request so as to narrow
its scope (and therefore the cost of complying with it).  Please contact
us if you believe that the scope of your request can be narrowed.  I would
need your confirmation how you wish to proceed with your enquiry.

 

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all
transactions over £500 from 1st Jan 2020 to 30th June 2020. As a minimum,
please
make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction.
Please
also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if
you have
it.

If it would help, I am specifically looking for payments to suppliers who
provide
a service in Health and Social Care. This would include all suppliers
falling
under the following categories :-

1. Payments to suppliers who provide fostering and adoption services to
the
Council

2. Payments to suppliers who provide care services to the council. This
would
include suppliers who provide care under each of the categories below

a. Children's Residential/Nursing Care Providers

b. Adult Residential/Nursing Care Providers

c. Elderly Residential/Nursing Care Providers

d. Domiciliary Care Home Providers

e. Supported Living Care Home Providers

f. Care at Home Providers

g. Providers who carry out Homeless Services

3. Payments to suppliers who provide Special Education Services

In particular I am looking for itemized transactions for suppliers from
Jan to
June 2020 - preferably in CSV format. For avoidance of doubt, I am making
this
request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within
20
working days.

Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

Nikhil Prabhu

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your reply.
In accordance with Section 9 of the Act, we would like to amend our request by removing "2g. Providers who carry out Homeless Services"; so as to narrow its scope and the cost of complying with it, to fall under the statutory limit.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear CNES FOI Team,

May I please request an update or acknowledgement?

Thank you,
sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear CNES FOI Team,

May I please request an update for this? 2020082027000011 (Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers from Jan to June 2020.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Good afternoon

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020082027000011)

Thank you for your email.  The Comhairle's Assets and Finance Resources
Department have confirmed that removing question 2(g) will not reduce the
time spent on this request. 

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FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [2]https://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
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Dear CNES FOI Team,

May I please request an update for this? 2020082027000011 (Council
Expenditure or
Payment to Suppliers from Jan to June 2020.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

nikhil prabhu

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, confirming that removing question 2(g) would not reduce the time spent on this request. However, it seems very unreasonable that it has taken over a month to come to that conclusion and, as such we are disappointed with the outcome. But for lack of time, we kindly request you to instead please supply us with the entire Council expenditure for the Jan-Jun 2020 time-period, itemized by payments to suppliers. That would avoid having your officer spend a considerable amount of time gathering the specific Health & Social Care information I had specified before.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £500 from 1st Jan 2020 to 30th June 2020. As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction. Please also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if you have it.

Kind Regards,
Nikhil Prabhu

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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Dear Mr Prabhu 

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020082027000011)

Please see the information requested attached from our Assets, Finance and
Resources Department.  Some of the information was redacted (personal
names and addresses). The reason being is that an individual could be
identified from the documents; therefore the information is exempt from
disclosure under section 38(1)(b) of Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002.

 

If you are dissatisfied with this response you can request the Comhairle
to review this response to your request for information. You have 40
working days from the date of receipt of this response in which to lodge
this request for review. A request for review must be processed in
accordance with Part 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002,
must be in writing, describe your original request and explain why you are
dissatisfied. An application for review should be sent to Legal Services
Manager, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road,
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW ([2][email address]). A
request for review lodged with the Legal Services Manager must be
processed promptly and in any event within 20 working days of receipt.

Should you remain dissatisfied after completion of the review process you
may, within 6 months, apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner,
Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS, to establish
whether your request for information has been processed in accordance with
Part 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. You may also
request an appeal through the Commissioner\'s online appeal service which
is available 24/7 and offers requesters real time help and advice about
their appeal - [3]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal Should you remain
dissatisfied after the conclusion of an application to the Scottish
Information Commissioner you have the right to appeal to the Court of
Session on a point of law.

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FOI Team
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [4]https://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 01851 600 501 (Extension 211598)

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, confirming that  removing question 2(g) would
not
reduce the time spent on this request. However, it seems very unreasonable
that it
has taken over a month to come to that conclusion and, as such we are
disappointed
with the outcome. But for lack of time, we kindly request you to instead
please
supply us with the entire Council expenditure for the Jan-Jun 2020
time-period,
itemized by payments to suppliers. That would avoid having your officer
spend a
considerable amount of time gathering the specific Health & Social Care
information I had specified before.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all
transactions over £500 from 1st Jan 2020 to 30th June 2020. As a minimum,
please
make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction.
Please
also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if
you have
it.

Kind Regards,

Nikhil Prabhu

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, however we are not sure this includes the entire spend for the Jan-Jun 2020 time-period; as we notice only 5 Fostering transactions. In your previous months there were at-least 100 of such txns./month. Kindly request you to please check with the relevant service again (Assets, Finance and
Resources Department) and provide the full picture or a reason for this discrepancy.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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* Requests for review will be processed in accordance with Part 1 of the
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review should be sent to Tim Langley, Legal Services Manager,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway,
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW ([2][email address]).

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's handling of my FOI request 'Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers from Jan to June 2020'. Ref: 2020082027000011

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]

Tim Langley, Legal Services Manager,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway,
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW

Dear Sir,

First, I do not understand how this request could be closed without my having the opportunity to request an internal review.

Thank you for your response of 7 December 2020, however we are not sure this includes the entire spend for the Jan-Jun 2020 time-period; as we notice only 5 Fostering transactions. In your previous months there were at-least 100 of such txns./month. Kindly request you to please check with the relevant service again (Assets, Finance and Resources Department) and provide the full picture or a reason for this discrepancy.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

CNES FOI Team, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Dear nikhil prabhu

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information and note
the terms of your request as detailed below.  We've automatically assigned
this request an reference of 2020120827000107.  Please use this reference
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Dear Mr Prabhu

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020082027000011)

Thank you for your request for a review, which I am dealing with.
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Tim Langley
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [2]https://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
Tel: 01851 600 501 (Extension 211598)

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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's
handling
of my FOI request 'Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers from Jan to
June
2020'. Ref: 2020082027000011

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]

Tim Langley, Legal Services Manager,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway,
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW

Dear Sir,

First, I do not understand how this request could be closed without my
having the
opportunity to request an internal review.

Thank you for your response of 7 December 2020, however we are not sure
this
includes the entire spend for the Jan-Jun 2020 time-period; as we notice
only 5
Fostering transactions. In your previous months there were at-least 100 of
such
txns./month. Kindly request you to please check with the relevant service
again
(Assets, Finance and Resources Department) and provide the full picture or
a
reason for this discrepancy.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the
Internet at this address:
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

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Dear Mr Prabhu

Re: help desk request (ticket ref [1]2020082027000011)

I have completed my review of how your request was answered.  I have
sought confirmation that the information which was originally provided to
you in response to your request was correct, and it has been confirmed
that it was.  I note that your request was for transactions of £500 or
more.  I am informed that the majority of fostering transaction were below
that amount, which will probably explain why there were so few in the
response.

Should you remain dissatisfied after completion of the review process you
may, within 6 months, apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner,
Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS, to establish
whether your request for information has been processed in accordance with
Part 1 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Should you
remain dissatisfied after the conclusion of an application to the Scottish
Information Commissioner you have the right to appeal to the Court of
Session on a point of law.

Yours sincerely
Tim Langley
Legal and Procurement Manager
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar | Sandwick Road | Stornoway | Isle of Lewis |
HS1 2BW
Email: [Comhairle nan Eilean Siar request email]
Web: [2]https://www..cne-siar.gov.uk
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Dear Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's
handling
of my FOI request 'Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers from Jan to
June
2020'. Ref: 2020082027000011

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]

Tim Langley, Legal Services Manager,
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway,
Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW

Dear Sir,

First, I do not understand how this request could be closed without my
having the
opportunity to request an internal review.

Thank you for your response of 7 December 2020, however we are not sure
this
includes the entire spend for the Jan-Jun 2020 time-period; as we notice
only 5
Fostering transactions. In your previous months there were at-least 100 of
such
txns./month. Kindly request you to please check with the relevant service
again
(Assets, Finance and Resources Department) and provide the full picture or
a
reason for this discrepancy.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the
Internet at this address:
[3]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

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Dear CNES FOI Team,

Ok, Thank you so much Tim Langley.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu