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Bill Madderson made this Freedom of Information request to Northumberland County Council

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

Could you release under FOI Act the following information on Registering Cllrs Interests
How many times since May 2017 have NCC used 'Special Dispensations' as defined under the Localism Act for Cllrs?
Which Cllrs did the Special Dispensations apply to?
What were the circumstances given for granting the special dispensation?
Who granted the Special Dispensation?

Yours faithfully,
Bill Madderson

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 4537  

Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information which will be dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries about this matter please contact us. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Our Ref: 4537   

Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST 

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to special
dispensations. 

Right of Access 

Section 1(1) of the Act provides 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 (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and 

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

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it. 

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions. 

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response. 

Could you release under FOI Act the following information on Registering
Cllrs Interests
How many times since May 2017 have NCC used 'Special Dispensations' as
defined under the Localism Act for Cllrs?
Which Cllrs did the Special Dispensations apply to?
What were the circumstances given for granting the special dispensation?
Who granted the Special Dispensation?

The Standards Committee is responsible for agreeing dispensations but no
requests have been submitted to it since May 2017.
Complaints 

If you are unhappy with the way your request for information has been
handled, you can request an internal review by writing within 2 months
from the date of this response to the Information Governance Office: 

Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF 

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email] 

Information Commissioner 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a
right by Section 50 of the Act to apply to the Information Commissioner
for a decision as to whether your request has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act at: 

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 

Tel: 01625 545 745
Email: [email address

There is no charge for making an appeal. 

Yours sincerely 

FOI Coordinator - People Services
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email] 
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk