Dear Edinburgh City Council,

I would like to know how much money the council has spent on political advisers for each council department dating from 2010 - present.

I would also like to know how much money or donations the council has spent on political advisers for each councillor dating from 2010 - present.

Yours faithfully,

Rhi Storer

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Rhi Storer

Our ref: 26880

Dear Ms Storer

Acknowledgement of Request

Subject: Council spending on political advisers

Thank you for your request for information received on 30/01/2020. I can confirm that your request will be processed under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) 2004, or the INSPIRE (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to be withheld. We will write to you in any event. This means we have until 27/02/2020 to respond to your request.

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

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Yours sincerely,

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

City of Edinburgh Council

Ms Rhi Storer

[FOI #640001 email]

Our ref: 26880

Dear Ms Storer

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

Subject: Council Spending on Political Advisers

Thank you for your request for information of 30/01/2020 where you asked questions regarding the above. Your request has been processed and considered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the information is provided below. I shall address each of your questions in turn.

You asked the following:

Q1. I would like to know how much money the council has spent on political advisers for each council department dating from 2010 - present.

A1. There has been no such expenditure in this period.

Q2. I would also like to know how much money or donations the council has spent on political advisers for each councillor dating from 2010 - present.

A2. There has been no such expenditure in this period.

To promote transparency and accountability, please note it is the Council’s policy to publish all request details and responses made under the freedom of information legislation. This information will be made available through the Council’s website and will not include your personal details. The disclosure log is available at the following link: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/homepage/10... (Unfortunately, this is currently unavailable but we are working to resolve this issue.)

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Head of Strategy & Communications
The City of Edinburgh Council
Waverley Court Business Centre 2:1
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Edinburgh
EH8 8BG or,
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St Andrews
Fife
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Email: [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Iain Burden
Information Rights Officer

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