Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Dear Sir / Madam,

Would you please provide the annual expenditure for the last financial year (2009-2010) for: -
- contractors
- consultants
- external agencies
and the projects they worked on.

Also please provide the figure for pensions (percentage and GBPs) for the same year for Staffs County Council employees.

Yours faithfully,

Mia Balach

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Ms Balach,

I write to clarify your request. Could you confirm that you require the
employers pension contributions?

Yours sincerely,

Lian Stibbs
Access to Information Officer

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Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

Yes this is the pension contribution I wish to understand.

Yours sincerely,

mia balach

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Yes I would like the employers pension contribution relating to the question of pensions.

I also would like to confirm that I would like to know what is the expenditure for the contractors and consultants as previously stated.

Yours faithfully,

mia balach

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Ms Balach,

I can confirm that the information relating to your questions regarding pension contributions can be found via the following link -

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/yourcoun...

We estimate that to provide details relating to contractors and consultants will take us over the statutory £450 cost ceiling. With this in mind, please could you clarify/narrow this part of your request?

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact Philip Jones, Head of Information Governance, Information Governance Unit, 1a Bailey Street, Stafford, ST17 4BG.

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours Sincerely,


Lian Stibbs
Senior Access to Information Officer

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Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

Thank you for providing the pension information.

However, in my original request was to understand how much money was spent by Staffordshire County Counctil on external contractors and consultants. In my own business I have a separate account code for making such payments as is standard accountancy practice (GAAP). Please provide the information as requested.

Yours sincerely,

mia balach

mia balach left an annotation ()

It appears extremely difficult for the council to answer the question of how much it has spent on external contractors and consultants. If a Council cannot account for all its expenditure then how can it determine if it provides a good service?

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Ms Balach,

I write further to your email of 23/8/10. As previously highlighted, our
accounts could not extract the level of detail requested within the
statutory cost ceiling.

What we would be able to provide to the requestor is a list of all the
vendors that we've paid in 2009/10 and the total value of the payments to
them.

Please could you clarify your request.

Yours sincerely,

Lian Stibbs

Lian Stibbs

Senior Access to Information Officer

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Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

The information you suggested would be fine.

Yours sincerely,

mia balach

Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

From my original request I asked for a list of payments to contractors, consultants and third parties and what projects they delivered. I would like both the information in terms of payment and projects to be supplied. Regarding the list of vendors as offered in the FOI reply, that would satisfy half of the request, with the other half relating to projects, not referenced.

Please provide

Yours sincerely,

mia balach

Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

I am away from the office until the 6 September 2010. If you have any DPA
or FOI queries please contact either Gemma Allen or Michelle Wiles.

Regards,

Lian.

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Stibbs, Lian (L&G), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Ms Balach,

In your email of 26/8/10 you confirmed that a response relating to a
list of vendors and any payments made to them would suffice. Please
could you clarify if this is not the case? As previously explained, it
is estimated that we would not be able to provide the details of
projects worked on within the statutory cost ceiling. Therefore, if you
confirm that you still require this data this part of the request is
likely to be refused.

Yours sincerely,

Lian Stibbs
Senior Access to Information Officer

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Dear Stibbs, Lian (L&G),

In my original request I asked for the payments to external contractors and consultants as well as what they were contracted to do.

Regarding payments, the suggestion you made about the overall payments would suffice.

With regard to what the external contactors and consultants were working on, I would like to know this information

Yours sincerely,

mia balach

Stibbs, Lian (L&D), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Ms Balach,

Please find attached information regarding payments. We are not able to provide the data regarding projects within the £450 cost ceiling. Therefore this information will not be refused under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

In the first instance if you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact Philip Jones, Head of Information Governance, Information Governance Unit, 1a Bailey Street, Stafford, ST17 4BG.

If you have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours Sincerely,

Lian Stibbs
Senior Access to Information Officer

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Peter Valentine left an annotation ()

Can you please inform me what this has to do with the State Cinema at Grays Essex, and why it is listed under the heading of "State Cinema"

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