Credit Check Investigation

T Gregory made this Freedom of Information request to Lincoln City Council as part of a batch sent to 155 authorities

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The request was refused by Lincoln City Council.

Dear Lincoln City Council,

1. Do you have an contract in place to purchase credit checks, or a purchase history from any of the following credit reference agencies?
(Call Credit/TransUnion, Equifax, Experian or Other(Please specify))

If so, can you please provide the following information.
2. Date that your agreement expires
3. Quantity of Credit Checks Purchased
4. Cost of Credit checks (Ideally cost per credit check)
5. What activities/services use these credit checks

6. Can you please outline how the results from these credit checks are generally stored by the council. For example are they in PDF format, or does your supplier have a software platform that you log into?

7. Finally, can you please inform me if you use credit checks to verify Single Person Discount claims for Council Tax? If so, is this done internally by the council, or do you outsource this work to a third party?

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

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

T Gregory

Legal (City of Lincoln Council), Lincoln City Council

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I refer to your request for information received concerning the above and
recognise that you may not have received a response due to software issues
and we apologise for the delay.

 

I would inform you that your request has now been considered and I am not
obliged to supply the information you have requested under the Freedom of
Information Act. This letter, therefore, acts as a Refusal Notice for the
purposes of that legislation.

 

This is not a valid request as the information requested is readily
available elsewhere.   The Council maintains a contracts register which is
in the public domain.  Therefore, please go to the following website where
the register is held, [1]www.eastmidstenders.org.  Click on the contracts
register tab and then on the drop down menu put in City of Lincoln
Council.  All the contracts on the register will be available to view.

 

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With regards.

 

 

Karan Shearwood
Legal Officer
T 01522 873840
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