Current and historical Registers of Interest data

The request was refused by Waltham Forest Borough Council.

Dear Waltham Forest 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politicians in a machine-readable spreadsheet format such as a CSV file, including any additional information that may not be published on your website.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Hospitality Registers for all elected politicians in a machine-readable spreadsheet format, including any data that may not be published on your website.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 Again, if you hold historical records of declarations that may not be published on your website, please supply details.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

Information Officer | Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest Borough Council

Re: "Freedom of Information request - Current and historical Registers of
Interest data"
Reference: FOI177904740
Date of request: 2020-02-25 16:12:57

Dear Ally Tibbitt ,

Thank you for your recent request for information. Your request has been
received and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act (2000), and in line with the Council's policy and
protocols.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this message, please contact us via email
at: [1][email address] or by post at:

The London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall
Forest Road
London
E17 4JF

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Kind regards,

The Information Officer
The London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall
Forest Road
London
E17 4JF
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Information Officer | Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest Borough Council

Re: FOI Response FOI177904740 "Freedom of Information request - Current
and historical Registers of Interest data".

Dear Ally Tibbitt ,
I am writing regarding your recent request for information which was
received on 25th February 2020.

I can confirm that the Council holds information that falls within the
description specified in your request and publishes this information on
it's website:

Register of interests (historic and
present): [1]https://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/m...

Register of gift and hospitality (historic and
present): [2]https://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/m...
checking Councillors' submissions individually)

Register of interests declared at meetings: the Council do not hold a
separate register but declarations are published in the minutes of each
meeting [3]https://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/m...

However, the Council has estimated that it will cost more than the
appropriate limit to consider your request for the data in a
machine-readable format as it is not held in this manner. The appropriate
limit is specified in regulations; for local government it is set at £450.
This represents the estimated cost of one person’s time (at £25 per hour
for 18 working hours) in determining whether the Council holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.
Consequently, the Council is not obliged by the Freedom of Information Act
(2000) to respond to your request (see Section 12(1)). However, we are
still happy to do so if you pay the fee as set out in this notice.

The estimated cost of processing your request is £750 (excluding the
register of interests declared at meetings). This charge has been
calculated in accordance with Section 13 of the Freedom of Information Act
(2000) and the Freedom of Information Fees Regulations. The Council will
be unable to continue processing your request until the fee is paid. If
you wish the Council to continue to deal with your request you should pay
the fee requested within three calendar months from 25th February 2020
plus five working days. If the Council does not receive payment of the fee
by this date, I shall take it that you do not wish to pursue this request
any further and will consider the request closed.

However, if you narrow the scope of your request, the Council may be able
to provide the information free of charge because it might then cost less
than the appropriate limit to do so. For instance, if you require
information from a specific sub-set of Councillors. Any reformulated
request the Council receives from you will be treated as a fresh FOI
request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number FOI177904740 in any future
communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to request a review of our decision, you should contact
us via e-mail at: [4][email address] or by post
at:

The London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall
Forest Road
London
E17 4JF

If you are not content with the outcome your review, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the Council.

Kind regards,
The Information Officer
Kind regards,

The Information Officer
The London Borough of Waltham Forest
Town Hall
Forest Road
London
E17 4JF
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in this e-mail is
intended only for the addressee(s). It may contain privileged and
confidential information and, if you are not the intended recipient, you
must not read, copy or distribute it, nor take any action in reliance upon
it. If you have received this e-mail in error, please inform the sender as
soon as possible and delete the e-mail from your computer. E-mail may be
corrupted or altered during or after transmission. We accept no
responsibility for changes made to this e-mail after it was sent. Whilst
we take reasonable steps to identify software viruses, any attachments to
this email may contain viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to
identify. No liability is accepted for such viruses, and we therefore
recommend that you carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any
attachments. Information contained in this e-mail may be subject to public
disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004.

References

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3. https://democracy.walthamforest.gov.uk/m...
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