ECO funding

Cheryl Ladding made this Freedom of Information request to Sheffield City Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Sheffield City Council.

Dear Sheffield City Council,

Please confirm how much ECO funding has been secured for the Hanover/Lansdowne insulated cladding project.

For exactly what measures has this funding been secured?

For how many properties on each estate has this funding been secured?

How many properties had EPC's done?

How many properties which had EPC's done have secured:
ECO funding
Green Deal Funding

How much funding has been given for SWI(solid wall insulation) as offered by the energy companies?

Which energy companies has the council entered into an agreement with?

Please provide a copy of the agreement between the council and energy provider.

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Ladding

Sheffield City Council

Dear Ms Ladding

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Yours sincerely,

Customer Services
Sheffield City Council
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Email: [Sheffield City Council request email]

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Mead Charlotte, Sheffield City Council

Dear Ms C Ladding,

Re: Your Recent Request for Information

I am writing in response to your recent request for information, which we have logged as FO0129.

Sheffield Homes would draw to your attention the provisions of Section 8(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 -

"8 Request for information..

(1)In this Act any reference to a "request for information" is a reference to such a request which- .
(a)is in writing, .
(b)states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence, and .
(c)describes the information requested. "

Case law makes it clear that whilst an e-mail address is acceptable, the use of a false name is not. Sheffield City Council have reasonable grounds to consider that "Cheryl Ladding " is a false name. Any request which is made under a false name is invalid and Sheffield City Council could treat it as not being made. If this is not the case Sheffield Homes do apologise in advance, however Sheffield City Council would require verification of your identity, amongst other things to comply with its duty under the Fourth Data Protection Principle

"4 Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date."

Sheffield City Council would be in breach of its duties under the Fourth Data Protection Principle if it didn't.

You can verify your identity by providing us with a clear colour photocopy of a driving licence, passport or other similar identity document to the address set out above, which will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Alternatively you may in person bring the original to a housing office or first point, to be verified by arrangement. Once your identity has been verified you will be provided with the information requested in accordance with the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you wish to dispute the determination to seek to verify your identity, you may do so through making an internal appeal against this determination, and if dissatisfied with that you may then refer the matter to the Information Commissioner at the following address.

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113 (or 01625 545745 if you would prefer not to call an '03' number, or +44 1625 545745 (if calling from overseas)
Fax: 01625 524510

I hope that you can promptly verify your identity and the Council discharge its duty under Section 1 of the FOIA 2000. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Mead
Housing Co-ordinator (Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests)

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Dear Mead Charlotte,
I request an internal review of what you have written.
You have answered previous questions to me and you now seem to be using this excuse with regard to peoples names to evade answering any difficult or perceptive questions being asked of this council.

You are meant to be transparent and the questions asked are about expenditure from the public purse which is in the interest of the public within Sheffield.

Many other bodies have answered with regard to funding issues.

Yours sincerely,

Cheryl Ladding

Mead Charlotte, Sheffield City Council

Dear Ms C Ladding,

Thank you for your email below.

Transparency under the FOIA works both ways, applicants are expected to be honest and clear about their identities when making a request under Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA. It is the duty of the Council in a case such as this where there are reasonable grounds to suggest that a false name has been used, to verify the identity of the person making that request before any application or other procedure under the FOIA can proceed.

Whilst in your email below you have not refused to provide identification, you have also not offered to provide it so that your request can be taken forward. As a consequence no application under the FOIA is deemed to have been made in the first place.
If you are willing to provide proof of your identity, the Council will revisit this decision, otherwise the procedures available under the FOIA will not be available due to the invalidity of the request.
The Council have received large numbers of related requests with regard to the cladding on the Lansdowne and Hanover blocks. The use of a pseudonym can therefore be anticipated as a measure designed to frustrate Section 14 of the FOIA.

If you would like a review of this decision, it will be made under the Council's general complaints system rather than as an internal review of a decision or determination under the FOIA. If you would like me to log a complaint for you then please let me know and I will start this process for you.

You may take this up directly with the Information Commissioner's Office, however it is possible that they will repeat the request for clarification of your identity under Section 8(1)(b). The ICO themselves have no duty to answer a request where an pseudonym has been used.

I look forward to hearing.

Yours sincerely,

Charlotte Mead
Housing Co-ordinator (Freedom of Information and Subject Access Requests)
Council Housing Services
Customer Services, Resources, Sheffield City Council
Telephone: 0114 2930000
Email: [email address]

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Terry True left an annotation ()

What idiots are in the council FOI dept? If I recall there are approximately 800 properties between the 2 estates that are affected by this project, so surely there would be a large number of FOI requests for a project of this magnitude that affects so many properties and individuals.

I hope you get the answers that you are seeking

Cheryl Ladding left an annotation ()

Some councils answer questions very thoroughly, and are honest about funding.
The same cannot be said of Sheffield city council and I have noticed they are slow to answer, and many answers are what they think, not the facts requested. Perhaps they are not any good at accessing funding.