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Dear Bath and North East Somerset Council,

Please explain what efforts you make to ensure that people without a permanent address are, nevertheless, registered to vote.

How many Form ITR-N-E were processed prior to the General Election on 8th June?

How much money was spent on alerting residents of Bath and North East Somerset to the deadline for voter registration?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Archer

Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Dear Ms Archer,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your recent request for information. Your request is being
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 a public authority has 20
working days to respond to a request.  Accordingly you will receive our
full response in due course.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Team

Risk and Assurance Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Telephone: 01225 396658

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Dear Bath and North East Somerset Council,

I made an FoI to Electoral Services (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e... and should have received a response by yesterday.

Please would you chase them up?

Thanks
Jo Archer

Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Dear J Archer,

 

Thank you for your request for information. I apologise for the delay in
our response.  Please find enclosed the information you are entitled to
receive under the (legislation).

 

I trust that we have answered your queries, however if you have any
further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

If you are unhappy with the response to your request, you may ask for an
internal review within 40 working days of receipt of this request. Please
contact the Divisional Director – Risk and Assurance Services, Mr Jeff
Wring at the Guildhall, High St, Bath BA1 5AW
[1]mailto:[email address].

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to appeal directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Please refer to the disclaimer regarding reuse which can be found on the
Council website at:

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance Team

Risk and Assurance Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Telephone: 01225 396658

[4]www.bathnes.gov.uk

 

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From:  Jo Archer <[FOI #411391 email]>

Sent:    12 June 2017 00:45

To:       Information Governance

Subject:           Freedom of Information request - Electoral Registration

 

 

Dear Bath and North East Somerset Council,

 

Please explain what efforts you make to ensure that people without a
permanent address are,

nevertheless, registered to vote.

 

How many Form ITR-N-E were processed prior to the General Election on 8th
June?

 

How much money was spent on alerting residents of Bath and North East
Somerset to the deadline for

voter registration?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

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FAO: Jeff Wring

I am writing to request an internal review of Bath and North East Somerset Council's handling of my FOI request 'Electoral Registration'.

In the first instance, the council's response to my FoI took almost twice as long as the law allows. It should have been sent by 10th July but wasn't, in fact, available until 8th August.

Secondly, the FoI appeared to disappear into a black hole and if I hadn't contacted Chris Salmon directly, may still be unanswered.

Thirdly, it isn't clear who has actually answered the FoI so it isn't possible to be sure that this internal review will be conducted by someone else.

As for the substance of the response, were the 52 'local connection' applications the total since the form ITR-N-E came into existence, or the number of applications over the year prior to the General Election, or what? And if there are now 85 electors registered in this way, does that mean 33 have registered since the General Election?

And while you have answered the second part of this query, you have not informed me 'what efforts you make to ensure that people without a permanent address are, nevertheless, registered to vote.'

I also asked 'how much money was spent on alerting residents of Bath and North East
Somerset to the deadline for voter registration?' Is your answer implying that the council ONLY produced its own 'social media posts'. Of what, exactly, did they comprise and what proportion/socio-economic groups, of the population of Bath and North East Somerset did they reach?

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

Yours faithfully,

Jo Archer

Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Dear Ms Archer,

 

Thank you for your request for an internal review, a copy of which is
enclosed below. Your review request is being considered by Jeff Wring –
Divisional Director for Risk and Assurance.

 

We aim to respond to any internal review request within 20 working days. 
Accordingly you will receive the full response from Mr Wring in due
course.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Team

Risk and Assurance Services

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Telephone: 01225 476658

[1]www.bathnes.gov.uk

 

Bath & North East Somerset – The place to live, work and visit

 

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Jeff Wring, Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Dear Ms Archer,

 

Please find attached results of the internal review into your recent FOI
request

 

Regards

 

 

From:    Jo Archer <[1][FOI #411391 email]>

Sent:     14 August 2017 10:15

To:          Information Governance

Subject:               Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Electoral Registration

 

FAO: Jeff Wring

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Bath and North East Somerset
Council's handling of my FOI

request 'Electoral Registration'.

 

In the first instance, the council's response to my FoI took almost twice
as long as the law allows. It

should have been sent by 10th July but wasn't, in fact, available until
8th August.

 

Secondly, the FoI appeared to disappear into a black hole and if I hadn't
contacted Chris Salmon directly,

may still be unanswered.

 

Thirdly, it isn't clear who has actually answered the FoI so it isn't
possible to be sure that this internal

review will be conducted by someone else.

 

As for the substance of the response, were the 52 'local connection'
applications the total since the form

ITR-N-E came into existence, or the number of applications over the year
prior to the General Election,

or what? And if there are now 85 electors registered in this way, does
that mean 33 have registered

since the General Election?

 

And while you have answered the second part of this query, you have not
informed me 'what efforts

you make to ensure that people without a permanent address are,
nevertheless, registered to vote.'

 

I also asked 'how much money was spent on alerting residents of Bath and
North East Somerset to the

deadline for voter registration?' Is your answer implying that the council
ONLY produced its own 'social

media posts'. Of what, exactly, did they comprise and what
proportion/socio-economic groups, of the

population of Bath and North East Somerset did they reach?

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:

[2]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jo Archer

 

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