Employees of Fields Group and Members of Bridgend Council

Andrew Butler made this Freedom of Information request to Bridgend County Borough Council

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Dear Bridgend County Borough Council,

I request the number of ex and current Fields Group company employees that are or have been employed by Bridgend Borough Council in the last 15 years

In this search please supply the names of any present or past elected members of Bridgend Borough Council that have been employed by or who have received financial or campaign support from any Fields Associates

Fields Group Companies include

Endeavour Law
Fields Law
Fields Analytics
Fields South East Asia
Action Direct
Injunction Direct
Injunction Action,
Custody Direct,
Custody Action,
Tribunal Action,
Tribunal Direct,
Debt Survival.
Quickie Divorce
Managed Divorce
Fields Associates
Innovation Learning
Rapid Data
Fields Data Recovery
Lush Dates
Thai Brides
Which Mortgage
Compare IT
UK Digital Solutions
Sugar Daddy
Compare IT

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Butler

foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01-7291

 

We acknowledge your request for information received on 13 February 2018. 

 

We are considering your request and you should receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the information is
exempt or we require additional time to consider whether disclosure is in
the public interest in accordance with section 2 of the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

We will try to supply information in electronic format by email, but if
this is not possible we will let you know. If you have any special
requirements e.g. language, audio, large print, etc. then please let us
know.

 

The Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent release of the
information you have requested. Before we provide the information we will
consider whether it is proper to release it and if any of the exemption
categories do apply then the information will not be released. We will
tell you if this is the case, and you will have a right of appeal.

 

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you. We will tell you if this is the case.

 

You may have to pay a fee for this information. We will consider this and
let you know. If so you will have to pay the fee before we process and
release the information.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, then please contact me directly. You
can find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales 2nd Floor Churchill House
Churchill Way Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Telephone: 02920 678400 Fax: 02920 678399

Email: [email address]

Website: https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Y Swyddfa Rhyddid Gwybodaeth | Freedom of Information Office

Gwasanaethau Gweithredol a Phartneriaethol  |  Operational and Partnership
Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-Y-Bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough
Council

Ffon / Phone: (01656) 643473

Ffacs / Fax: (01656) 657899

 

E-bost / E-Mail [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]

Gwefan / Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk

Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg. Rhowch wybod i ni os mai Cymraeg
yw eich dewis iaith.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh. Please let us know if your language
choice is Welsh.

 

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foi, Bridgend County Borough Council

Dear Mr Butler,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST X01- 7291

 

We refer to your email dated 13 February 2018 which contained a request
for information as set out in italics below.  Following consideration of
your request, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
respond to each point as follows:

 

I request the number of ex and current Fields Group company employees that
are or have been employed by Bridgend Borough Council in the last 15 years

 

In this search please supply  the names of any present or past elected
members of Bridgend Borough Council that have been employed by or who have
received financial or campaign support from any Fields Associates

 

Fields Group Companies include

 

Endeavour Law

Fields Law

Fields Analytics

Fields South East Asia

Action Direct

Injunction Direct

Injunction Action,

Custody Direct,

Custody Action,

Tribunal Action,

Tribunal Direct,

Debt Survival.

Quickie Divorce

Managed Divorce

Fields Associates

Innovation Learning

Rapid Data

Fields Data Recovery

Lush Dates

Thai Brides

Which Mortgage

Compare IT

UK Digital Solutions

Sugar Daddy

Compare IT

 

We do not hold the information requested in respect of elected members;
however our current elected members may have made declarations of interest
relating to these organisations. The declarations of interest are
available on the BCBC website.

 

Whilst we may hold information in respect of employees we have estimated
that the cost of complying with your request will exceed £450.  We have
made this calculation in accordance with Regulation 4 of the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limits and Fees Regulations)
2004. This calculation was based on an hourly rate of £25.00 for the cost
of locating, retrieving and extracting information involved in the
processing of your request.

 

We have 5,984 current employees and in order to retrieve the information
would have to check each of their employment files, in addition to the
files of former employees (which are retained for a period of 6 years
following termination). The task involving current employees alone would
take in excess of 18 hours.

 

Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act we are not obliged to
comply with a request for information if we estimate that the cost of
compliance would exceed £450.  This letter is therefore a formal Refusal
Notice under section 17(5) of the Act.

 

It may be that we can supply some information if you can refine or reduce
your request to more manageable proportions and resubmit your request so
that it brings the cost within the appropriate limit.

 

Alternatively, if you wish to pay a full search and retrieval fee, we may
be prepared to consider your request under Section 13 of the Freedom of
Information Act which allows us to charge a fee where the estimated costs
exceed the £450.00 limit. 

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of the request, under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have the right to request a review of
the Council’s response to your request for information.  If you wish to
request a review, please write to:

 

Mr P A Jolley

Corporate Director, Operational and

Partnership Services and Monitoring Officer

Bridgend County Borough Council

Civic Offices,

Angel Street

Bridgend, CF31 4WB

 

within 28 days of the date of this letter.  If you remain dissatisfied
with the outcome of that review, you may seek further recourse by lodging
an appeal with the Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales

2^nd Floor

Churchill House

Churchill Way

Cardiff

CF10 2HH

Tel:  02920 678400

Fax:  02920 678399

E:mail : [1][email address]

Website:  [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

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Freedom of Information Office

Bridgend County Borough Council

Level 2, Civic Offices

Angel Street

Bridgend

CF31 4WB

Tel: 01656 643565

Email: [Bridgend County Borough Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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