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Current and historical Registers of Interest data

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please treat this email as a Freedom of Information request.

I would like to receive a copy of the complete current local authority Register of Interest for all elected politicians in a machine-readable spreadsheet format such as a CSV file, including any additional information that may not be published on your website.

If you hold records relating to historical registers of interest for current and former elected politicians I would be grateful if you could also supply them.

I would also like to receive a copy of the complete current local authority Gifts and Hospitality Registers for all elected politicians in a machine-readable spreadsheet format, including any data that may not be published on your website.

If you hold historical records of gifts or hospitality received for current and former elected politicians I would be grateful if you could also supply them.

Lastly, if you hold a separate register of interests that records those declared at meetings, please also supply that register in a machine-readable spreadsheet format. Again, if you hold historical records of declarations that may not be published on your website, please supply details.

I would prefer not to receive the requested information in pdf format files.

If the requested information is published as open data, please could you supply the location where this data can be found.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ally Tibbitt

 

Request for Information RFI-1211-20

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Current and
Historical registers of interest data which was received on 25 February
2020.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Julie Noble

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 0800 0856 018

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Request for information: RFI-1211-20

 

Following your recent request for information about Current and Historical
registers of interest data, as you may already be aware under the current
Freedom of Information legislation where the information is not already
held in the reporting format requested the authority is not under
any obligation to create new records for the purpose of responding to the
request.

The information requested is held by the authority in a paper documentary
format and is recorded as individual paper records for each and every
interest/gift/hospitality declared since 2012. Accordingly, whilst the
council is not obliged to provide this information in a machine readable
spreadsheet/csv format), it recognises the importance and the public
interest in such information being made freely available and therefore are
is happy to provide the format requested.

However in respect of the following information we assume this to refer to
the original paper records we currently hold, accordingly given the volume
of records held it would not be feasible for these to be sent to you
electronically via email. Therefore we would be grateful if you could
provide us with a postal address and we will ensure they are sent via post
to you.  

* Records relating to historical registers of interest for current and
former elected politicians
* Historical records of gifts or hospitality received for current and
former elected politicians

However, should you wish not to provide a postal address, you may further
seek to consider revising/narrowing our request eg limiting the time
period to the current year etc. 

We look forward to hearing from you shortly and in the meantime should you
have any further queries and/or require any further assistance with your
information request, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours Sincerely,

 

Kim Pahal - Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 0800 0856 018

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you send the papers to:

openDemocracy, c/o Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AJ

Thanks,

Ally Tibbitt

Kamaljit Pahal, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-1211-20

 

Further to your request for information about Current and Historical
registers of interest data, I can tell you the following:

 

I would like to receive a copy of the complete current local authority
Register of Interest for all elected politicians in a machine-readable
spreadsheet format such as a CSV file, including any additional
information that may not be published on your website. 

 

The current members 'Register of Interests' is published online on the
Walsall Council website and this can be found by following the link below
and clicking each members name and then selecting the members interests
tab (5th tab form the left: -

 

[1]https://cmispublic.walsall.gov.uk/cmis/C...

 

If you hold records relating to historical registers of interest for
current and former elected politicians I would be grateful if you could
also supply them

 

In respect of historical registers of interest for current and former
elected politicians, currently held by Walsall MBC we can confirm that
this information is held going back to 2012 has already been sent to you
via Royal Mail Special Delivery post*.

 

*Please note that given the current safeguarding risks and concerns
regarding the coronavirus outbreak the royal mail special delivery service
will no longer require a signature to be provided upon delivery, instead
the person taking delivery of the parcel will only be required to provide
their name.

 

I would also like to receive a copy of the complete current local
authority Gifts and Hospitality Registers for all elected politicians in a
machine-readable spreadsheet format, including any data that may not be
published on your website.

 

A copy of this information is attached 

 

If you hold historical records of gifts or hospitality received for
current and former elected politicians I would be grateful if you could
also supply them.

 

Any historical records of gifts or hospitality received for current is
published online on the Walsall Council website and this can be found by
following the link below and clicking each members name and then selecting
the members interests tab (5th tab form the left: -

 

[2]https://cmispublic.walsall.gov.uk/cmis/C...

 

In respect of historical records of gifts or hospitality received for
former elected politicians , currently held by Walsall MBC we can confirm
that this information is held going back to 2012 has already been sent to
you via Royal Mail Special Delivery post*.

 

*Please note that given the current safeguarding risks and concerns
regarding the coronavirus outbreak the royal mail special delivery service
will no longer require a signature to be provided upon delivery, instead
the person taking delivery of the parcel will only be required to provide
their name.

Lastly, if you hold a separate register of interests that records those
declared at meetings, please also supply that register in a
machine-readable spreadsheet format. Again, if you hold historical records
of declarations that may not be published on your website, please supply
details

Any members interests declared within a meeting are not recorded on any
separate register of interests, the only record kept of interests declared
within meetings is within the minutes of that particular meeting.

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In
most cases the copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright
in respect of other information may be owned by another person or
organisation, as indicated. 

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

 

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Corporate Assurance Manager, Resources & Transformation, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [3]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Kim Pahal - Assurance Officer

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

 

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [4]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [5]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

Disclaimer: IF THIS EMAIL IS MARKED PRIVATE OR CONFIDENTIAL - PLEASE
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must be deleted and the sender notified.  The views expressed in this
message are personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless
explicitly stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be
intercepted and read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with Council policies or procedures or regulatory
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email may be the subject of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of
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