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Dear Greater London Authority,
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I'd like to know 1) how many emails (the total) Nevin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow receives from *constituents* (as opposed to organisations and lobbyists) per month (within the past year is fine) and 2) how much casework Nevin Shah has submitted to the Greater London Authority (within the past year), with details of what the issues were about and 3) how many times Nevin Shah has spoken at the London Assembly (within the past year).

Yours faithfully,

S.Bartle

Greater London Authority

    From: [FOI #518870 email]
    To: [Greater London Authority request email]
    Subject: Freedom of Information request - emails received from
constituents - Neven Shah

Thank you for contacting us about the work of the Mayor and/or City Hall.

 

We aim to respond to written communication as quickly as possible and
within 20 working days.

 

However, please note that we may not reply to correspondence we consider:

• Is addressed to another party and where the Mayor has been copied-in for
information only.
• Contains comments that do not require a response.
• Includes unsolicited job applications or CVs.
• Is trying to sell or market a product.
• To be vexatious or contains abusive or discriminatory language.

 

In addition, we will not respond where we specifically state that we are
unable to enter into correspondence (for example, when inviting responses
to consultation documents).

 

If you have written to request the release of information under the
Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) or Environmental Information Regulations
(EIR), please take this message as confirmation your request has been
received. We will aim to provide a response within the statutory 20
working day deadline.
Further information on our service standards, is available on our website
at: [1]http://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contac....

 

Thank you again for writing.

 

Yours sincerely,
Public Liaison Unit

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S.Bartle left an annotation ()

*Navin Shah. I apologise for typos.

Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

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Dear S Bartle

Please find attached the Greater London Authority's response to your
request of 10 September 2018.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Phillips
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Greater London Authority,
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I'd like to know 1) how many emails
(the total) Nevin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow receives from
*constituents* (as opposed to organisations and lobbyists) per month
(within the past year is fine) and 2) how much casework Nevin Shah has
submitted to the Greater London Authority (within the past year), with
details of what the issues were about and 3) how many times Nevin Shah has
spoken at the London Assembly (within the past year).

Yours faithfully,

S.Bartle

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Dear Ruth Phillips of Greater London Authority,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Greater London Authority's handling of my FOI request 'emails received from constituents - Neven Shah'.

With regard to questions 1 and 2 - It was stated that "The Greater London Authority does not hold this information for the purposes of the FOI Act".

However, I would like to refer you to guidance from the Information Commissioner Office on information held in private email accounts which states categorically that "FOIA applies to official information held in private email accounts (and other media formats) when held on behalf of the public authority."
This is particularly relevant given the email address that I am referring to, is an official London.gov one (i.e. [email address]) and not even a request for information from personal email accounts.

Link: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

I therefore believe that under the Freedom of Information Act you are obliged to release:

1) how many emails (the total) Nevin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and
Harrow receives from *constituents* (as opposed to organisations and
lobbyists) per month (within the past year is fine)

[Particularly as I am not asking for any information of constituents that might come under GDPR and am requesting statistical numbers]

2) how much casework Nevin Shah has submitted to the Greater London
Authority (within the past year), with details of what the issues were about

[Again, particularly as I am not asking for any information of constituents that might come under GDPR and am requesting statistical numbers with topics/subjects as a heading.

- Both of these relate to the business of the council and there are precedents of case work statistics being released at other local authorities within the UK.

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,

S.Bartle

Greater London Authority

    From: [FOI #518870 email]
    To: [Greater London Authority request email]
    Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - emails
received from constituents - Neven Shah

Thank you for contacting us about the work of the Mayor and/or City Hall.

 

We aim to respond to written communication as quickly as possible and
within 20 working days.

 

However, please note that we may not reply to correspondence we consider:

• Is addressed to another party and where the Mayor has been copied-in for
information only.
• Contains comments that do not require a response.
• Includes unsolicited job applications or CVs.
• Is trying to sell or market a product.
• To be vexatious or contains abusive or discriminatory language.

 

In addition, we will not respond where we specifically state that we are
unable to enter into correspondence (for example, when inviting responses
to consultation documents).

 

If you have written to request the release of information under the
Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) or Environmental Information Regulations
(EIR), please take this message as confirmation your request has been
received. We will aim to provide a response within the statutory 20
working day deadline.
Further information on our service standards, is available on our website
at: [1]http://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/contac....

 

Thank you again for writing.

 

Yours sincerely,
Public Liaison Unit

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Mayor of London, Greater London Authority

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Dear S Bartle

Please find attached response in relation to your request for an FOI
internal review
 
Yours sincerely

Paul Robinson
Information Governance Officer

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Dear Ruth Phillips of Greater London Authority,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Greater London Authority's
handling of my FOI request 'emails received from constituents - Neven
Shah'.

With regard to questions 1 and 2 - It was stated that "The Greater London
Authority does not hold this information for the purposes of the FOI Act".

However, I would like to refer you to guidance from the Information
Commissioner Office on information held in private email accounts which
states categorically that "FOIA applies to official information held in
private email accounts (and other media formats) when held on behalf of
the public authority. "
This is particularly relevant given the email address that I am referring
to, is an official London.gov one (i.e. [email address]) and not
even a request for information from personal email accounts.

Link:
https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

I therefore believe that under the Freedom of Information Act you are
obliged to release:

1) how many emails (the total) Nevin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and
Harrow receives from *constituents* (as opposed to organisations and
lobbyists) per month (within the past year is fine)

[Particularly as I am not asking for any information of constituents that
might come under GDPR and am requesting statistical numbers]

2) how much casework Nevin Shah has submitted to the Greater London
Authority (within the past year), with details of what the issues were
about

[Again, particularly as I am not asking for any information of
constituents that might come under GDPR and am requesting statistical
numbers with topics/subjects as a heading.

- Both of these relate to the business of the council and there are
precedents of case work statistics being released at other local
authorities within the UK.

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,

S.Bartle

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[FOI #518870 email]

Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on
the internet. Our privacy and copyright policies:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/offi...

For more detailed guidance on safely disclosing information, read the
latest advice from the ICO:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/ico-...

Please note that in some cases publication of requests and responses will
be delayed.

If you find this service useful as an FOI officer, please ask your web
manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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#LondonIsOpen

 
GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY NOTICE:
The information in this email may contain confidential or privileged
materials. For more information
see [1]https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/email...

References

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