Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers

Nikhil Prabhu made this Freedom of Information request to Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £500 from 1st April 2017 to 31st December 2018 (if December 2018 is not available, then, November 2018). Please provide the data in a machine readable format (preferably CSV). 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.

For avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,
Nikhil Prabhu

WWW: FOI, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Thank you for your recent FOI / EIR request.  Please find attached an
acknowledgement for this request.

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Dear WWW: FOI,

I have still have not received any response from the Council despite the statutory period required by law (20 working days). Could you please let me know when I will receive the information?

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 1st April 2017 - 31st December 2018 - preferably in CSV format.

I now look forward to the information at the earliest.

Yours Sincerely,
Nikhil Prabhu

Dear WWW: FOI,

I have not heard back from you despite repeated attempts. At this point I have no recourse but to submit a complaint to the Commissioner for non-compliance.

Yours faithfully,
nikhil prabhu

Dear WWW: FOI,

Besides your acnowledgement, I have not received any response from you.
This constitutes as non-compliance with the FOI act.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear WWW: FOI,

I will be submiting a complaint to the Commissioner for non-compliance this week.

Yours faithfully,
nikhil prabhu

Dear Caerphilly County Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Caerphilly County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
Only recd. acknowledgement on the day of my request (4th January). They have not responded despite numerous follow-ups after the statutory 20 day period alotted.

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 faithfully,
nikhil prabhu

Dear WWW: FOI,

We are still waiting for the information which was due on 4 February and has been in review since 5 March. We would be grateful if the information is now provided as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear WWW: FOI, Sir/Ma'am

We have been very reasonable for an extremely long period of time. Unfortunately we do now need this information – we are a research organisation and would be grateful if you could please provide us the information by 22nd April 2019 – failing which we will now be forced to escalate this matter

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Harrhy, Christina, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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Dear Mr Prabhu,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – Internal appeal

 

I apologise for the delay in responding to your request for an internal
appeal which you have requested as a result of the Council’s failure to
respond to your request for information submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).   

 

The process in this Council is for internal appeals to be dealt with by an
appropriate senior officer and my role in dealing with this appeal is to
review the matter and determine whether the Council has failed to meet its
obligations under the FOIA.

 

In your original request you asked for a list of all transactions over
£500 from 1^st April 2017 to 31^st December 2018, and later clarified that
you were specifically looking for payments to suppliers who provide a
service in Health and Social Care and provided a list of categories e.g.
adoption services, care services, etc.

 

The Freedom of Information Act provides a general right of access to
information held by public authorities and Section 1 of the Act states:

 

(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled—

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request, and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

 

This general right of access to information places a number of obligations
on a public authority, and Section 10 of the FOIA sets out the time frames
within which a public authority must respond to requests.  A public
authority should respond to a request promptly, and by the 20^th working
day following the date of receipt of the request. 

 

My investigation has found that on this occasion, Caerphilly County
Borough Council has failed to comply with the requirements of the FOIA and
in particular:

 

·         S1 as (a) it has not informed you that the information you have
requested is held and  (b) it has not communicated that information to you
and

·         S10 as it has not provided a response within the 20 working day
timescale

 

Please find attached a spreadsheet containing the information you
requested. 

 

Conclusion:

 

On this occasion, the council has failed to meet its obligations under the
FOIA and attached is a spreadsheet containing the information requested. 
I apologise for the delay and would like to reassure you that we take our
obligations under the FOIA seriously and endeavour to respond to all
requests within the legal timescales.

 

You have the right to appeal against my decision in relation to your
Freedom of Information Request.  The appeal must be made without
unreasonable delay to The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wales, 2nd
Floor, Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff. CF10 2HH, E-mail:
[1][email address], website: [2]www.ico.gov.uk
[3]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk, telephone: 0303 123 1113.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Christina Harrhy
Prif Weithredwr Dros Dro | Interim Chief Executive
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili | Caerphilly County Borough Council

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