Details of work carried out to produce a Unitary bid.

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Richard Smith-Ainsley

Dear Surrey County Council,

I request copies of all the communications between the county officers and the officers of Spelthorne council regarding this Unitary bid.
Who are the consultants that Surrey county council have employed to do work on the Unitary bid and what is the cost of each of those consultants?
What is the cost of leaflets to residents in Surrey promoting this Unitary bid?
I request a copy of the correspondence between Surrey county council officers and Spelthorne borough council officers made to check the veracity of the claims in the leaflets.
I request a copy of the commissioning document that Surrey county Council has produced regarding the Unitary bid.

Yours faithfully,
Richard Smith-Ainsley

Information request
Our reference: 439489
Your reference: [FOI #685716 email]
 
Dear Richard Smith-Ainsley
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 18 August
2020.
 
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2000 and we aim to send a response by 16 September 2020.
 
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Richard Smith-Ainsley

Dear Surrey County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Surrey County Council's handling of my FOI request 'Details of work carried out to produce a Unitary bid.'.

Request reference 439489 was acknowledged by you and by law a response should have been sent by 16th September. This information is needed to clarify exactly what communication was made with the boroughs and districts.
If you have the time to waste on the work required to prepare your unitary bid and publish literature to be distributed throughout Surrey you have no excuse for not answering this request.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

Richard Smith-Ainsley

FOI/COR/SCC, Surrey County Council

Dear Mr Smith-Ainsley

I apologise for the delay. I am in the process of finalising the response to you and am aiming to send it to you by the end of the week.

Regards

Mary Elliott

Mrs Mary J Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Legal & Democratic Services
(Mondays to Thursdays)

Corporate Information Governance Team (Room 138) | Democratic Services | Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Road | Kingston upon Thames | Surrey | KT1 2DN
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Richard Smith-Ainsley

Dear FOI/COR/SCC,
Thank you for that update. Unfortunately that means the answer to the request sent on 18th August will arrive one day after the Spelthorne council EGM on this Unitary/Local government reform proposal.
Yours sincerely,

Richard Smith-Ainsley

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Information request
Our reference: 439489
Your reference: [FOI #685716 email]
 
Dear Richard Smith-Ainsley
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 18 August 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Mary Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Law & Governance - Resources
 
Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Rd | Kingston upon Thames |
KT1 2DN | 
 
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Richard Smith-Ainsley

Dear Surrey County Council,
The leaflet promoting the bid that I was referring to was the one circulated Surrey wide covering all the work Surrey had done over COVID plus a lot of other Surrey information. Tim Oliver featured on the front. It was going to be followed by a leaflet re boroughs and districts and was clearly intended to trail the Unitary bid.

So;
What is the cost of that leaflet to residents in Surrey promoting this Unitary bid?

I request a copy of the correspondence between Surrey county council officers and Spelthorne borough council officers made to check the veracity of the claims in the leaflets.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Smith-Ainsley

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Information request
Our reference: 560947
 
Dear Mr Smith-Ainsley
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 23 September 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Mary Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer
Law & Governance - Resources
 
Surrey County Council | County Hall | Penrhyn Rd | Kingston upon Thames |
KT1 2DN | 
 
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