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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please advise me who the Council spokesperson is that stated:

" While we are disappointed that we have not maintained progress in dealing with the many FOI requests we receive – nearly 1,300 last year, more than the BBC – we remain committed to openness and transparency".
This was printed in the wirral globe.

Yours faithfully,

Arthur Hurworth

I. Sevova left an annotation ()

I note that the "Council Spokesperson" did not allude to the reason why Wirral gets so many FOI requests. It gets more requests than any other Council simply because it is Britain's most abusive, mendacious and corrupt council.
It still though must deal with the fallout from this and keep within statutory law regarding freedom of information, and lets hope the new ICO monitoring will help with this.

Arthur Hurworth left an annotation ()

Thank you for your annotation, as you state rightly, there are very specific reasons why Wirral MBC get so many FOI requests, Why bleet that they get more than the BBC, when they do everything they can to keep information secret, even sweetheart deals done behind closed doors with compromize agreements and such like, there is a way to cut the amount of FOI reqests, but sadly not for Wirral MBC, as in your words they are more abusive, mendacious and corrupt and if you think that the Information commissioner is going to get anywhere through the smoke and mirrors, I feel the rate payers of wirral will once again be picking up the peices, when the loonies are fined.

I. Sevova left an annotation ()

Arthur, yes I think as you say, the poor Wirral taxpayer will be the loser in the end when any fines from the ICO are levied.

Wirral MBC are so case hardened to scandal and failure now that I fear that the abnormal really has become the norm. They do not have the will to improve and become a bastion of good governance and local democracy.

A self-serving, back covering ethos is all that they know!!

Arthur Hurworth left an annotation ()

I totally concur with your views

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your enquiry below, please see Council’s response below and
I trust you find it useful.

 

The use of the term ‘spokesperson’ is a term periodically – and
collectively – employed by many public bodies, including Wirral Council’s
press office, when issuing press releases or statements to the media.  The
Wirral Council press office uses this term when either the relevant
elected Cabinet Member and/or relevant Director/Head of Service is not
available for a statement/quote to be attributed to him/her.

This allows the Council to respond in a timely fashion to what are often
pressing media deadlines and therefore assist in the promotion of
transparency.  On this occasion, the specific spokesperson quoted in the
article you cite, was the interim Communications Manager, Rob Pett.

 

Sent on behalf of

Tracy O'Hare

FOI Co-ordinator

Information Management

Cheshire Lines Building

Canning Street

Birkenhead Wirral

CH41 1ND

Tel: 0151 606 2023

 

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From: Arthur Hurworth [mailto:

 Sent: 01 January 2013 21:02
To: InfoMgr, FinDMT
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council spokesperson

 

 

     Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

    

     Please advise me who the Council spokesperson is that stated:

    

     " While we are disappointed that we have not maintained progress in

     dealing with the many FOI requests we receive – nearly 1,300 last

     year, more than the BBC – we remain committed to openness and

     transparency".

     This was printed in the wirral globe.

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Arthur Hurworth

    

    

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

Here is a link to an article, setting out what I feel is the background and true motivation behind Wirral Council's very poor response.

Notably, there are just 2 people dedicated to Freedom of Information and Data at this council (one professional and one admin assistant) - which says it all really.

http://easyvirtualassistance.wordpress.c...