Under FOISA 2002, please release your most recent "Emergency Plan", or similar document.

Edinburgh City Council's emergency plan was released in a FOISA request recently (see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e... after advice from SICO. A document of this nature is what we, the requesters, seek from your authority.

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Thank you for your email. Please accept this automated message as an acknowledgement that your enquiry has been received by East Lothian Council and is receiving attention.

Due to high volumes of correspondence, it may not always be possible for us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as we would like. Please be assured, however, that we will contact you as soon as we can. The statutory time scales for responses are as follows:

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 20 working days
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 20 working days
Data Protection Act 1998 40 calendar days

You may also be interested to learn that, in order to increase openness and accountability, East Lothian Council publishes Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests and responses on its website. Please click here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/custo...> to be directed to the relevant pages.

Christmas and New Year:

This office will close on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open on Wednesday 3 January 2018. If you make an information request to us during this period, however, normal timescales will still apply i.e. we will respond to you within 20 working days for Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests. "Working days" exclude Saturdays, Sundays, and Scottish bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and 2 January).

Thank you

Shelley Neville
Information Governance Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]<mailto:[East Lothian Council request email]>

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council are published here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/704/d...>.

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Our Ref:  2018/011(13074)

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

Thank you for your enquiry of 3 January.

 

I am sorry that I have not had an earlier opportunity to reply, however,
in order for East Lothian Council to begin processing your request please
provide your full name.  Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, requests for information are only valid if the applicant provides
their real name and a contact address.  I have provided an extract from
the website of the Scottish Information Commissioner for your
information: 

 

[1]Do I have to provide my real name and my full address when I ask for
information?

 

The FOI Act says that a request must include the name of the applicant and
an address for correspondence. In terms of your address, either your full
postal address or your email address will be fine.

 

You will need to provide your full real name. If you don't use your real
name the authority won't have to provide the information, and you won't be
able to appeal to the Commissioner. At the very least, your request should
include your initial and your surname.

 

If you send your request by email, remember to put your name in the text
of the email. Even if your name appears in your email address (e.g.
[2][email address]) you must add your name to the text of your
request, so that it is clear who the email is from.

 

Upon receipt of this information I will register your enquiry and refer it
to the appropriate department for action.  In the meantime, I have
provided a link to the Emergency Planning page of East Lothian Council’s
website which may be of interest to you:
[3]http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/1226/...

 

Yours faithfully

 

Shelley Neville

Information Governance Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [4][East Lothian Council request email]

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[5]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [6]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [7]website.

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,

Frank (surname), Martin (forename(s))

Yours sincerely,

Martin Frank

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Thank you for your email. Please accept this automated message as an acknowledgement that your enquiry has been received by East Lothian Council and is receiving attention.

Due to high volumes of correspondence, it may not always be possible for us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as we would like. Please be assured, however, that we will contact you as soon as we can. The statutory time scales for responses are as follows:

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 20 working days
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 20 working days
Data Protection Act 1998 40 calendar days

You may also be interested to learn that, in order to increase openness and accountability, East Lothian Council publishes Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests and responses on its website. Please click here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/custo...> to be directed to the relevant pages.

Thank you

Shelley Neville
Information Governance Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]<mailto:[East Lothian Council request email]>

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council are published here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/704/d...>.

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Dear East Lothian Council,

The statutory timeframe allotted to answering FOISA requests has now elapsed. As such your organisation is currently in breach of your statutory obligation to answer FOISA requests promptly.

Could you please respond to my request immediately; or in lieu thereof, update me on the status of my request.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Frank

Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

Thank you for your email. Please accept this automated message as an acknowledgement that your enquiry has been received by East Lothian Council and is receiving attention.

Due to high volumes of correspondence, it may not always be possible for us to respond to your enquiry as quickly as we would like. Please be assured, however, that we will contact you as soon as we can. The statutory time scales for responses are as follows:

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 20 working days
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 20 working days
Data Protection Act 1998 40 calendar days

You may also be interested to learn that, in order to increase openness and accountability, East Lothian Council publishes Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations requests and responses on its website. Please click here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/site/custo...> to be directed to the relevant pages.

Thank you

Shelley Neville
Information Governance Officer
Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
Haddington
EH41 3HA

Tel: 01620 827623
Email: [East Lothian Council request email]<mailto:[East Lothian Council request email]>

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council are published here<http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/704/d...>.

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Freedom Of Information, East Lothian Council

1 Attachment

Our Ref:  2018/011(13074)

 

Dear Mr Frank

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004

 

In response to your enquiry of 3 January, on behalf of East Lothian
Council (ELC) I am now able to provide the information you require; please
refer to the PDF attachment.

 

I have also provided a link to the Emergency Planning pages of ELC’s
website which may be of interest to you:
[1]http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/1226/...

 

I am sorry for the slight delay in our response, however, I hope you will
find this information useful.  Under the terms of this legislation, if you
are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you are entitled
to request that we undertake an internal review.  Please note, however,
that both the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the
Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 only relate to the
release of information.  The Scottish Information Commissioner publishes
the following guidance about internal reviews:

 

You can ask the authority to review its decision if it does not respond or
you are unhappy with the way it has dealt with your request, for example
by:

 

·                     refusing to give you the information

·                     failing to reply to you within the time limit
allowed

·                     claiming the information is exempt

·                     failing to give you advice about, and help with,
making your request

·                     asking you to pay a fee that you feel is
unreasonable

 

For example, if you are unhappy because you do not believe the information
you have received is accurate, an internal review would not apply.  Should
this be the case, however, please let me know and I will try to resolve
this.  If I am unable to help, I will be happy to put you in touch with
someone who can.

 

We must receive a request to review within 40 working days of the date of
this notice.  A request to review our decision must be in writing (e-mail
is acceptable) or another permanent format.  When writing, you should
include your reasons as to why you are unhappy with our response and why
you wish it to be reviewed.  Your reasons for dissatisfaction must relate
to your information request of 3 January only and should be addressed to:

 

Information Governance Compliance Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Email: [2][East Lothian Council request email]

 

We will have a maximum of 20 working days from the date we receive your
request in order to complete our review and give you our decision.  In
order to ensure an impartial approach, an independent senior officer will
be appointed to carry out the review.

 

If you are still not satisfied with our decision following the review
process, then you may ask the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner (OSIC) to investigate the matter.  You must appeal to
the Commissioner within six months of receiving the review decision.  You
may submit your appeal online via OSIC’s website, a link to the online
appeal service is provided for your convenience: 
[3]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

Alternatively, you may contact OSIC at:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife

KY16 9DS

 

Telephone:  01334 464610

Fax:  01334 464611

E-mail:  [4][email address]

 

If you remain dissatisfied following the Commissioner’s decision, you may
be able to appeal to the Court of Session.   You should, however, obtain
legal advice before deciding on this course of action.  This is because an
appeal may only be made on a point of law, not because you disagree with
the Commissioner’s view of the case. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Shelley Neville

Information Governance Officer

Licensing, Administration and Democratic Services

East Lothian Council

John Muir House

Haddington

EH41 3HA

 

Tel: 01620 827623

Email: [5][East Lothian Council request email]

 

 

Information about East Lothian Council’s complaints procedure can be found
[6]here.

 

Details of your rights to requesting information from East Lothian Council
are published [7]here.

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement
of Scotland's freedom of information laws.  Guidance regarding your rights
of access to information held by Scottish public authorities is available
on the Commissioner’s [8]website.

 

 

 

 

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