Disclosure of Newham Register of Elected Members Interest Forms - Robin Wales

Joel M Benjamin made this Freedom of Information request to Newham Borough Council

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

1. Please confirm if Robin Wales submitted a Members Financial Interest Disclosure form and/or party transaction disclosure for each of the years he was a councillor 1995 - 2016

2. Please provide copies of Robin Wales Disclosure Forms for the 1995-2016 period and related 'party transaction disclosures' (which are related but not identical to the disclosure of interests
forms members complete) which are required to be completed every year by the elected members.

3. Please confirm the number of occasions upon which it was recorded Robin Wales withdrew from a Newham meeting, declaring a conflict of interest?

4. Please confirm the dates upon which Newham Council has audited Members Disclosure forms and 'party transaction disclosures' between 1995-2016 to ensure member compliance.

5. Please confirm on how many occasions, 1995-2016, Newham members have been cautioned, disciplined or otherwise sanctioned for failing to fill out a disclosure log, or for failing to disclose personal financial interests and potential conflicts?

Yours faithfully,

Joel M Benjamin

Newham Borough Council

REQUESTER REFERENCE: C12928
ENQUIRY REFERENCE: E25849
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Dear Sir/Madam,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information received on 11/02/2016. We are dealing with your request and plan to respond before 10/03/2016.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Information Governance Team on 020 8430 2000 or email us at: [Newham Borough Council request email]

Yours Faithfully

Information Governance Team
Newham Council

Newham Council Publication Scheme is on: www.newham.gov.uk

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Dear Newham Borough Council,

I note that a response to this request is now two weeks overdue? Please respond ASAP!

Yours faithfully,

Joel M Benjamin

Dear Newham Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Newham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Disclosure of Newham Register of Elected Members Interest Forms - Robin Wales'.

I note that a formal response from Newham Council to this FOIA request is now approaching 20 days overdue, and is set against a backdrop of unexplained delays, refused requests and opaque decision making, which increasingly casts Newham Council as a FOIA non-compliant outlier for local authorities contacted for information regarding LOBO loans.

Mayor of Newham Robin Wales has staunchly defended the use of LOBO loans by Newham Council, which have been shown to cost Council taxpayers a £10m interest premium over the past decade, to say nothing of the LOBOs taken out by Housing Associations indirectly under Newham control.

It is therefore important to establish if conflict of interest forms have been formally lodged by Robin Wales and monitored by Newham Council and its auditors PwC for the period 2002 - 2011 when £653m of LOBO loan borrowing was negotiated.

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,

Joel M Benjamin

Newham Borough Council

Good Afternoon
Our apologies that you have not received the response to your request.
This has now been referred to the Information Governance manager for further investigation and the outcome of this review will be forwarded to you as soon as completed.
Kind regards

Information Governance
London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, London E16 2QU

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Newham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Benjamin

I attach the Council's response to your request for Information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please note, as you have approached the Information Commissioner's Office, a copy of this response has been sent to the Commissioner for his information.

Information Governance Team

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