Dog Breeding Licences

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

I am making a Freedom of Information request. Please provide me with the following information.

• Number of applications for a new licence in last 12 months
• Number of applications for a licence renewals in last 12 months
• Number of new licences granted as a result of an application made in the last 12 months
• Number of licences renewed as a result of an application made in the last 12 months
• If appropriate, grounds on which any licence (new or renewal) was refused.
• A copy of each dog breeding licence currently issued.
• Please confirm the number of staff and qualifications of staff employed by each licence holder (for the avoidance of doubt I am not requesting any details of individual staff, just number employed by each licence holder and the qualification(s) held)
• When applying for a new licence or a renewal which of the following do you require in respect of the animals specified in the licence
o Name
o Gender
o Age and/or date of birth
o Microchip number
o Breed
o Description
o Date of purchase
• Where a breeder buys/sells a breeding dog during the period of an issued licence do you require them to notify you of the change at the time of the sale/purchase of the dog or are records only updated at the time of the renewal application?
• What steps, if any, do you take to ensure that each breeder complies with The Microchipping of Dogs (England) 2015 regulations?
• Number of staff employed to conduct inspections during last 12 months
• Total number of inspections conducted during last 12 months
• Number of litters produced (and number of puppies in each litter) by each licence holder
• If you keep records of Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme members please confirm which licence holders are also members of this scheme
• Price charged for new licence
• Price charged for renewal of a licence
• Has any licence been revoked or suspended in the last 12 months? If so, please provide details of licence holder and reason for revocation or suspension
• Number of complaints received in the last 12 months and the name of the licence holder complained about. Where a complaint has resulted in enforcement action please confirm what enforcement action was taken and the name of the licence holder (or refer to answer above if details already provided in relation to revocation or suspension of licence)

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martina

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request for information that we received on 09/10/2020. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We note that you requested the information under a first name only.

The Information Commissioners Office guidance states that in order for a request to be a valid request under the Freedom of Information act it must contain the requester’s name. It states that 'Any variation of the requester’s title or first name combined with their surname (e.g. Mr Smith or John Smith) will be sufficient to meet this requirement. However, a first name or surname provided in isolation, or a set of initials, will not'.

It is our view that this does not meet the criteria set out on Section 8(1)(b) due to the absence of a real name. Therefore we will be unable to respond to your request in its current format. If you wish your request to be actioned, please supply a full name.

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Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

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Dear FOI,

My full name is Martina Hogg

Yours sincerely,

Martina

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Martina Hogg

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your updated details and request for information that we received on 14/10/2020. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information you have requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to any exemptions that may apply.

Although the Council is aware of its statutory requirements under the FOIA, the UK is in the midst of an unprecedented national emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency has placed an enormous strain on Local Authorities including high staff absence, mandatory homeworking and resource being redeployed to assist front line services. The Council will endeavour to meet statutory deadlines for requests but please note there is a likelihood of delays. If this is the case please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused and we appreciate your patience during these challenging times.

You should note that the Act defines a number of exemptions that may prevent disclosure of the information you have requested. If any of the exemption categories apply, the information will not be disclosed. If there are references to a third party, they may be consulted prior to a decision being made on whether or not to disclose the information. You will be informed if either of these is applicable, including your rights of appeal.

There may be a fee payable for this information. If this is the case, you will be informed in writing and a ‘Fees Notice’ will be issued. The fee must be paid before the information is processed and disclosed. The 20 working day time limit for responses will commence on receipt of the payment if a fee is applicable.

If appropriate, the information will be provided in paper copy, normal font size. If you require another format, e.g. audio, large print, translation or CD, please let me know.

If you have any queries you can contact me or write to: FOI, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at [email address]. Please remember to quote your reference number when you contact us.

Kind regards

Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

Post to: Blackpool Council | PO Box 4 | Blackpool | FY1 1NA
T: 01253 477477
E: [Blackpool Council request email]

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Blackpool Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Dog Breeding Licences'.

My FOI did receive an automated response but no substantive responses.

I fully appreciate that these are very difficult times for local councils. I am more than happy to agree a revised time scale for dealing with my request and/or dealing with the request in stages if that helps.

I would be most grateful if somebody could now contact me so that we can agree how best to resolve the issue.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martina

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Ms Hogg

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

We have received your email dated 16th December 2020 in which you have requested an internal review of your recent request for information.

Your letter has been passed to Information Governance Team Leader who will log your request and start the Internal Review process.

This process will review the procedures undertaken by the officers who dealt with your original request and consider whether the information disclosed to you was appropriate to fulfil your request. The reviewing officer will take into consideration any exemptions that may apply to the disclosure of information.

You will be informed of the outcome of this review in due course.

If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write to: FOI, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at [email address]. Please quote your reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

Post to: Blackpool Council | PO Box 4 | Blackpool | FY1 1NA
T: 01253 477477
E: [Blackpool Council request email]

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FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Ms Hogg

Please see attached information in respect of your internal review.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your request.

Kind Regards
Mrs L Whitehead

Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

Post to: Blackpool Council | PO Box 4 | Blackpool | FY1 1NA
T: 01253 477477
E: [Blackpool Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

Thank you so much for your comprehensive response. It is very much appreciated, particularly given the difficult circumstances we are all working under at the present time.

I am happy to confirm that my request was successfully dealt with.

Yours sincerely,

Martina