Dear Neath Port Talbot 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

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received today, 7th January 2019.

We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 4th February 2019.
   
If we require any clarification or further details we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact this team.

FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

 
This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

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

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your email which I confirm has been forwarded to the relevant directorate.
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

Linda White
Gwasanaethau Cymorth / Support Services
Cyfarwyddiaeth Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol & Cyllid / Finance & Corporate Services Directorate
Rhif Ffôn / Tel No. 01639 763932

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir,

I refer to your Freedom of Information request of the 5th January 2019, and apologise for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's late response.

The time required to locate and retrieve the required information would involve this Authority inspecting each transaction and therefore take way in excess of 18 hours to provide the information requested. This would mean the cost threshold set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection [Appropriate Limit & Fees] Regulations 2004 will be exceeded.

We would therefore respectfully inform you that the authority is not prepared to deal with your request in this instance: as the costs it would occur in doing so would exceed the costs limit of £450 [i.e. more than 18 hours of one or more officer’s time]. The Authority is therefore invoking the costs exemption available to it under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in respect to your request.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
Huw Jones
Head of Financial Services
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

 
We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team, Huw Jones,

Thank you for your response today.

I would like to appeal against the council’s decision to refuse information as they feel the cost would exceed £450.

All councils now have a sophisticated accounting system which enables information to be downloaded using the in-built software. This software should have filters to enable data without compromising any sensitive information. As an accountant myself I use this facility extensively.

We feel the cost in downloading and assessing the data should not exceed £450 as much of the work would be done by the machine itself. We therefore would like to appeal against the council’s refusal to provide information as they feel the cost will exceed the threshold.

We are 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

To narrow my scope -- We are looking for payments to suppliers who provide a service in Health and Social Care ONLY. In particular I am looking for itemized transactions for all suppliers from 1st April 2017 - 31st December 2018 - preferably in a CSV format.

I sincerely hope the Council may now accommodate my request.

Thank you very much & Kind Regards,
Yours Faithfully,
Nikhil Prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir,
Thank you for your email I confirm has been forwarded to the relevant Officer who deals with appeals.
Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

Linda White
Gwasanaethau Cymorth / Support Services
Cyfarwyddiaeth Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol & Cyllid / Finance & Corporate Services Directorate
Rhif Ffôn / Tel No. 01639 763932

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Sir,

Further to your email below, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council have now looked further at this request, using the more limited criteria that you provided in your email of the 12th February 2019, and attach hereto information requested.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-
 
Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:
 
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.
 
Yours faithfully
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you so much for your response of 19 February.

I did analyse the file you had sent over. Would it be a bother to ask you to supply dates of the transactions as well? It is hard for us to categorize the data without the dates!

We would really appreciate if you could do that for us.

Thank you & Regards,
Yours Faithfully,
Nikhil Prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Sir,

Further to your email of the 25th February 2019, please see attached and below the information you requested.

This information covers the period April 2017 to March 2018, subsequent information will not be available until after the end of this financial year.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you again for Heath & Social Care data for the fiscal year ending March 2018. May I request data for the fiscal year April 2018 - March 2019 at this point?

25 FEB 2019 - You wrote "This information covers the period April 2017 to March 2018, subsequent information will not be available until after the end of this financial year."

Thank you!
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received today, 7th May 2019 . We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 5th June 2019 (this date takes into account the Bank Holiday Monday). If we require any clarification or further details we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact this team.

FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received today, 7th May 2019. We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 5th June 2019 (this date takes into account the Bank Holiday period). If we require any clarification or further details we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact this team.

FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

May I please request an update as the statutory time for response has elapsed?

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email received today, 11th June 2019 which I confirm has been forwarded to the relevant directorate, once the information is received we will forward the response.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

Linda White
Gwasanaethau Cymorth / Support Services
Cyfarwyddiaeth Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol & Cyllid / Finance & Corporate Services Directorate
Rhif Ffôn / Tel No. 01639 763932

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your email below, the directorate who received your request have informed me that the information requested has only recently become available and are, at present, working on your request, this team will forward the information to you once it has been received.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

Ok, Thank you FOI Team.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear FOI Team,

May I please request an update as the statutory time for response has elapsed (20 working days)?

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email which I confirm I have forwarded to the relevant directorate for an update, once I receive their response I will return to you.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

May I get an ETA please?

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your FOI request unfortunately our computer system is not set-up to report on the information that you require. It would therefore be necessary to interrogate each individual file held on the paper based filing system, search for the relevant information and then record the details. We estimate that this process will take an average of approximately 2 minutes per record and with over 10,000 records we estimate that the task would exceed 18 hours of one or more officers accumulated time. Accordingly in light of the aforesaid please be advised that we are not prepared to comply with your request on this occasion.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think this decision is incorrect, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer
Civic Centre
Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
Head of Financial Services
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

I would like to appeal against your decision to withhold information requested.

If you would recall, the Council had provided me similar data for fiscal year April 2017 - March 2018 on 25th February 2019, with a note that data for fiscal year April 2018 - March 2019 would not be available until after the end of this financial year (which has since lapsed). Has the Council's computer systems changed since then? If so, we would like to what systems are currently in place in order to proceed.

Since the Council has already obliged before, I now request the Council to please heed my request for FOI data within statutory limits.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I acknowledge receipt of your email which I confirm has been forwarded to the relevant Officer as requested.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 18th July 2019 and attach hereto my response to your appeal in respect of the above Freedom of Information request.

Yours faithfully,
Head of Legal Services
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response.

May I then know when data for financial year ending March 2019 will be available? Because in your earlier message of 25 February 2019, you had stated "This information covers the period April 2017 to March 2018, subsequent information will not be available until after the end of this financial year." It has already been 3 months since the end of the financial year.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email which I have forwarded to the relevant Officer and will return to you once I have received the response.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.
Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

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Dear FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

Thank you so much for the acknowledgement.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Dear FOI Team,

May I please request an update to your 23rd July response?

You wrote "Thank you for your email which I have forwarded to the relevant Officer and will return to you once I have received the response."

My 23rd July message********************************
May I then know when data for financial year ending March 2019 will be available? Because in your earlier message of 25 February 2019, you had stated "This information covers the period April 2017 to March 2018, subsequent information will not be available until after the end of this financial year." It has already been 3 months since the end of the financial year.
*********************************My 23rd July message

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email, I will chase this up for you and return to you as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

1 Attachment

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 2nd December and attach hereto Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's response and apologise for the delay in providing this information.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

If you would like to use Welsh when dealing with the Council please click here
Os hoffech ddefnyddio'r Gymraeg wrth ddelio â'r Cyngor os gwelwch yn dda cliciwch yma

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, however we noticed that you sheet does not contain even a single Fostering transaction for the entire fiscal year April 2018 - March 2019.

May we request you to please include those missing payments and send the sheet back to us?

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email I will forward this to the directorate who supplied the information.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 12th December 2019 and would inform you that the information you have been provided with contains details of payments made to Foster Care providers along with other types of recipients listed in your original request.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council would not identify to any requestor the names and addresses of Foster Carers because in doing so it can disclose the fact that children living with such carers may actually be looked after children placed there by the Local Authorities concerned.

Effectively the Authority would indirectly, in providing the identities of Foster Carers, be releasing personal data about Foster Carers and Children in their care i.e. the fact that they are Foster Carers and that some of the Children living with them are looked after children in their care.

We would respectfully inform you, therefore, that we are not prepared to release such personal data to you in response to your request: as to do so would result in the Authority breaching the First Principle of Article 5 GDPR 2016 [i.e. lawful, fair and transparent processing]: in that the data subjects would not have had a reasonable expectation that information provided to the local authority for the purposes of Foster Caring would be divulged to the general public. Accordingly, please be advised that the Authority is therefore invoking the exemption for personal data available to it under Section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is not prepared to provide you with any information which would identify such individuals.

If are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-
 
Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:
 
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.
 
Yours faithfully
Head of Financial Services
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

From: nikhil prabhu [mailto:[FOI #542076 email]]
Sent: 12 December 2019 11:24
To: FOI Team <[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers

Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response, however we noticed that you sheet does not contain even a single Fostering transaction for the entire fiscal year April 2018 - March 2019.

May we request you to please include those missing payments and send the sheet back to us?

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your response.

Whilst we understand information on carers & individuals should be redacted, agencies & IFA's do not fall under that constraint. The file for fiscal year 17-18 contained 477 IFA entries (by filtering for keyword "Fos" in the Supplier Name column); such as FOSTER CARE ASSOCIATES LTD., FOSTERINGMATTERS LTD, COMPASS FOSTERING WALES LTD, etc.; whereas your recently provided file for fiscal 18-19 contains none.

we kindly request you to please re-check your systems and provide us with the missing Fostering/IFA Supplier payment information.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email I will return to you once I receive a response from the directorate concerned.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your email of the 16th December 2019.

Unfortunately not all of the sets of financial payments which were previously analysed and captured for us by our external contractor is now being produced by it. Whilst payments to fostering agencies were produced for us by it for the 2017-18 financial year, they were not required to produce those payments in their reports for the 2018-19 financial year.

Accordingly, in order to produce such information it would therefore be necessary for the Authority's officers to interrogate each individual file held on its paper based filing system, search for the relevant information being sought and then record the details. We reasonably estimate that such a process will take an average of approximately 2 minutes per record and with over 10,000 records we estimate that the task would take in excess of 300 plus hours of the authority's officers time.

We would therefore respectfully inform you that the Authority is not prepared to deal with your request in this instance: as the costs it would occur in doing would exceed the costs limit of £450 [i.e. more than 18 hours of one or more officer’s time] set out in the FOI & Data protection fees regulations. The Authority is therefore invoking the costs exemption available to it under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in respect to your request and respectfully informs you that in the circumstances we are not prepared to provide the information which you have requested.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
Head of Financial Services
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Dear Neath Port Talbot 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 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Council Expenditure or Payment to Suppliers'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
Dear Sir/Ma'am,

A similar response was given to me on 16th July 2019, whilst after an appeal, the Council receded & obliged to provide us with the information.

If you would recall, the Council had provided me similar data for fiscal year April 2017 - March 2018 on 25th February 2019, Since the Council has already obliged before, I now request the Council to please heed my request for FOI data within statutory limits.

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

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received 23rd December 2019. We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 24th January 2020 (this date takes into account the Bank Holiday periods). If we require any clarification or further details we will contact you as soon as possible, if this is the case then the timescale for response specified above may be subject to change. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact this team.

FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

If you would like to use Welsh when dealing with the Council please click here
Os hoffech ddefnyddio'r Gymraeg wrth ddelio â'r Cyngor os gwelwch yn dda cliciwch yma




This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

1 Attachment

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to your FOI request please see attached response from the Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

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Dear FOI Team,

Thank you for your review response, where you wrote "The information provided previously was generated from the “Spikes Cavell” system which the Council uses to record expenditure of this kind. Unfortunately not all of the sets of financial payments which were previously analysed and captured for us by our external contractor are now being produced by it. Whilst payments to fostering agencies were produced for us by it for the 2017-18 financial year, they were not required to produce those payments in their reports for the 2018-19 financial year and therefore are not able to provide with this specific information that you require."

Could we please seek further clarification for the statement -- "Unfortunately not all of the sets of financial payments which were previously analysed and captured for us by our external contractor are now being produced by it." Why are these sets not being produced?

Also, the statement "Whilst payments to fostering agencies were produced for us by it for the 2017-18 financial year, they were not required to produce those payments in their reports for the 2018-19 financial year" is unclear to us. Why are these payments not required to be produced for 2018-19 fiscal year?

Kindly request you to please further clarify these 2 statements for us.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I confirm receipt of your email of today, 22nd January 2020, has been forwarded to the directorate who provided the previous response.

Yours faithfully,
Foi Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 22nd January 2020.

The Council has been conducting a review of our systems in recent times and as part of this we have looked at a more informed approach to what information is gathered via our Spikes Cavell system. The approach by the Council is to use Spikes Cavell for Procurement influenced spend as opposed to total Council spend. Accordingly we no longer send this breakdown of information to them.

The Council is not under any obligation to provide this information to Spikes Cavell or to produce this information in a particular format.

The Council only provided overarching total spends for Council expenditure and did not provide a breakdown in respect of any fostering payments for this year.

Our current internal systems are not set-up to report on the specific information that you require. It would therefore be necessary to interrogate each individual file held on the paper based filing system, search for the relevant information and then record the details. Or alternatively interrogate each individual record of expenditure forwarded to Spikes Cavell or other organisations such as Atemis to determine which elements relate to fostering payments. We estimate that this process will take an average of approximately 2 minutes per record and with over 10,000 records we estimate that the task would exceed 18 hours of one or more officer’s accumulated time.

We would therefore respectfully inform you that the authority is not prepared to deal with your request in this instance: as the costs it would occur in doing would exceed the costs limit of £450 [i.e. more than 18 hours of one or more officer’s time] set out in the aforesaid fees regulations. The Authority is therefore invoking the costs exemption available to it under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in respect to your request and respectfully informs you that we are not prepared to provide the information which you have requested.

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
Monitoring Officer
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Dear FOI Team,

We would like to resolve this impasse without having to see the help of the Commissioner. Would it be at all possible just to provide us with spend of Fostering agencies by month and the number of transactions involved for that month, for the timeperiod requested (fiscal year ending March 2019)?

As an accountant I would see as fundamental the council providing information on a monthly basis. If they cannot do that then I would certainly feel concerned if proper accounting practices are being applied at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Notably a very crucial part of the accounting function is to close the books (Nominal Ledger) on a monthly basis and review the account in detail. This would mean examining transactions and correcting any incorrect transactions. If this is not happening, then, one would question good financial practices at Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. These statements would form part of Monthly Management Accounts/Management Information. Surely Management must know what is happening. If not, is the Council managing its finances accurately and have the auditors not noticed this issue which would raise serious issues around the management of finances. We are not reinventing the wheel - all we seem to ask is the balances they would have extract but shown by month and the number of transactions involved.

I would like to stress that I would like to work with the Council but strongly feel if they cannot do the above exercise there would need to be serious questions asked by the auditors and residents on the handling of public finance.

Thank you,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email of today, 28th January 2020 which I confirm has been forwarded to the directorate who provided the response.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

Linda White
Gwasanaethau Cymorth / Support Services
Cyfarwyddiaeth Gwasanaethau Corfforaethol & Cyllid / Finance & Corporate Services Directorate
Rhif Ffôn / Tel No. 01639 763932

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of today, 28th January 2020.

The information you have requested should be available and we will look into producing this as soon as possible.

Once the information is to hand we will return to you.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Dear FOI Team,

Ok, Thank you so much FOI Team.
I look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Linda White, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 28th January 2020. Please see below the information requested of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in relation to value and number of transactions paid to foster care agencies during 2018/19.

April 2019 is included as these payments, whilst made in April 2019, relate to the 2018/19 financial year.

April 2018 13 £44,588
May 72 £195,040
June 55 £162,822
July 53 £177,981
Aug 56 £174,827
September 52 £175,784
Oct 56 £177,237
Nov 56 £177,685
Dec 55 £178,981
Jan 55 £165,275
Feb 54 £165,493
Mar 2019 44 £151,335
Apr 2019 35 £106,268
Total 643 £2,050,315

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Dear Ms. Linda White,

Thank you for your response. However, my request has been misunderstood/miscommunication.
We were referring to the total spend & the total number of txns./month for EACH Fostering Agency.

So basically what we need is a list of all Fostering Agencies whom the Council conducts business with, their total spend/month & the total number of transactions/month. We need such a breakdown at the very least Ma'am; with any Redacted Fostering txns. as well (for eg. Allowances etc.) The information thus provided cannot be used by us.

Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email which I confirm has been forwarded to the directorate who provided the information, once their response is received we will return to you.

Yours faithfully,
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.
Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender immediately. Please note also that there is no guarantee that this email or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted or amended.

In the event that this email and/or its contents are not intended for you or your organisation, please do not open any documents that may be attached and advise the sender of the email accordingly, confirming that you shall forthwith delete the email together with any documents attached and provide confirmation that none of the documents have been opened.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac at ddefnydd yr unigolyn neu'r corff y cyfeiriwyd hwy atynt yn unig. Os ydych wedi derbyn yr e-bost hwn mewn camgymeriad, dylech hysbysu'r person a anfonodd yr e-bost ar unwaith. Hefyd, sylwer nad oes unrhyw sicrwydd nad yw'r e-bost hwn neu unrhyw ymgysylltiad yn rhydd o firws ac nad yw chwaith wedi'i ryng-gipio na'i newid.

Os na fydd yr e-bost a/neu ei gynnwys wedi ei fwriadu ar eich cyfer chi neu eich sefydliad, peidiwch ag agor unrhyw ddogfennau a allai fod yn atodedig a rhowch wybod i anfonwr yr e-bost yn unol â hynny, gan gadarnhau y byddwch yn dileu'r e-bost ar unwaith ynghyd ag unrhyw ddogfennau atodedig a rhoi cadarnhad nad oes un o'r dogfennau wedi'u hagor.

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Linda White, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I refer to your email of the 29th January 2020 and attach hereto Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's response.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request, under the Authority's FOI Policy, you may appeal in writing setting out the reasons why you think the decision is erroneous, to the Authority's Monitoring Officer at the following address:-

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer Civic Centre Port Talbot
SA13 1PJ
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

In the event that you appeal and are dissatisfied with that response, you may then appeal direct to the Information Commissioner, whose address is:

Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

Yours faithfully
FOI Team
[Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council request email]

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Dear Linda White,

Thank you so much for this Ma'am!
It is much appreciated!!

With Regards,
Yours sincerely,
nikhil prabhu

Linda White, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd tan 17.02.2020 a byddaf yn delio â'ch
e-bost pan fyddaf yn dychwelyd. 

 

I am currently out of the office until 17.02.2020 and will deal with your
email on my return.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English
correspondence to the same standards and timescales.

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a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni

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