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Dear South Kesteven District Council,

My name is Martina Hogg and I am making a Freedom of Information request. Please provide 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• Has any licence been revoked or suspended in the last 12 months?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

Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

Dear Ms Hogg,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request Acknowledgement

Reference No: 1908331

Thank you for your request for information, this has been registered with us on 26/10/2020 10:29:55

Your request has now been assigned to the relevant department. We will aim to provide you with a response within 20 working days but may face some delays. This is due to emergency response to Covid-19 pandemic and the diversion of resources. In addition, some staff have been redeployed to critical services.

The council recognises the current rapidly evolving situation is causing uncertainty and we appreciate your support and understanding at this challenging time, as we endeavour to maintain services while protecting our staff and customers.

The Freedom of Information Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent us releasing the information you have requested. You will be informed if this is the case, and we will advise you of your rights of appeal.

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Yours sincerely
South Kesteven District Council
Customer Service Department

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Customer Services, South Kesteven District Council

Dear Ms Hogg,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information Request

Reference No: 1908331

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The information you requested is as follows:

Request Summary

The information you have requested can be found within the published registers at this location: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.as...

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact:

[South Kesteven District Council request email]

Further information about freedom of information is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.org.uk

Yours sincerely

FOI Team

SKDC

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Dear South Kesteven District Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of South Kesteven District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Dog Breeding Licences'.

I have not received an appropriate response to my FOI request. I would go so far as to say that there is no evidence that you have even attempted to deal with this request properly. The link provided in the response takes me to a list of animal welfare licences but provides only a minimal amount of data compared to what has been requested.

Please now provide a proper response to my request, including copy dog breeding licences.

In relation to the provision of the copy licences, and other information, I would comment that S40 of the Act does not prohibit the provision of personal data. S40 calls for a balance to be struck between data protection principles and the need for transparency.

I believe that the request is lawful, fair and transparent. There would be no point in having a licensing regime in place if nobody can identify who the licence holders are.

The purpose of the request is to identify licence holders, the number of breeding dogs kept by each licence holder, the star rating of each licence holder and any special conditions that attach to each licence. I believe there is a legitimate interest in collecting this data.

To avoid any further delays I can advise you that it is my view that the copy licences should not be redacted to such an extent that the licence holder cannot be identified

In the event that the licence holder trades from a residential address I agree that it would be appropriate to redact the address on the licence. I also agree that it is appropriate to redact the signature and the name of any council employee identified on the licence.

I look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Martina

FOI, South Kesteven District Council

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Dear Ms Hogg,
Thank you for your email, we have now completed a full review of your request and have issued the attached decision notice providing you with a full response.
Also included as an attached is a copy of the licenses that you have requested as stated in the decision notice.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at [South Kesteven District Council request email]
Kindest regards,
South Kesteven District Council

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