Fails worth Community Events

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kathleen wilkinson

Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please could you explain to me how events in Failsworth are funded as an example, The Lord Mayor's fund raising - St. Patricks Night Celebration or The Pensioners Christmas Party 2017, held at Failsworth Town Hall.

Do these events pay for themselves through fund raising or does the Council award a payment

Thanks

Yours faithfully,

kathleen wilkinson

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Madam

 

I acknowledge with thanks your request for information; this request has
been considered as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

As such, your request may take up to 20 working days to be processed and
has been passed on to an appropriate officer.

 

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you
have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with
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Should you have any queries, please contact: 
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Yours faithfully,

 

Information Manager

Corporate & Commercial Services

Oldham Council

Level 11,

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham

OL1 1UL

 

 

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Penny Kenworthy, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Wilkinson

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which you sent on 1^st
November 2018,  regarding how events such as Lord Mayors Irish Night and
Failsworth Festive Feast are funded and whether these events pay for
themselves or whether the council awards a payment. 

 

Both events you refer to: The Lord Mayors Appeal – Irish Night and
Failsworth Festive Feast 2017 were ticketed events. A ticket had to be
purchased for entry to each event. For the Lord Mayors Appeal, individual
councillor(s) contributed to the appeal and for the Failsworth Festive
Feast individual councillor(s) donated funding for materials.

 

Details of Councillor contributions can be found in the budget report of
the meeting papers of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive
which are publicly available on the Council website and free to be
accessed at any time.

 

Kind regards

 

Penny

 

Penny Kenworthy

District Coordinator - Failsworth & Hollinwood

Oldham Council

Failsworth Town Hall

Failsworth

M35 0FJ

Tel: 0161 770 4289

Email: [1][email address]

 

Visiting Failsworth Town Hall by Metrolink? The nearest stop is
Failsworth, Hardman Lane (5 mins walk)

 

 

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kathleen wilkinson

Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Failsworth Community Events'.

I was advised to look at the Budget Report 17/18 which I have done. However this does not give a detailed explanation of what the money was actually spent on. The minutes were signed off, so I would presume that receipts for expenditure would have been observed by the assigned officer.

Councillor Garry reports £750.00 for entertainment for St.Patricks Night Party. What does that mean? From what I read, the event raised £1000.00 towards The Lord Mayor’s Cancer Charity..........does that actually mean the benefit was in reality £250 if you deduct the original £750 outlay. If that is the case, it seems a small reward in the circumstances.

I was also informed that both the above Party and the Christmas Festive Feast were “ticketed”........so what exactly did the monies raised from these tickets go towards. For the latter, several financial contributions were made by various Councillors too and again I ask what was it actually used for?

An explanation and some clarity would be very much appreciated as just being directed to the budget is at best vague.

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Yours faithfully,

kathleen wilkinson

Jessica Greenwood, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning Kathleen.

Thank you for your email below dated 17th December, regarding appeal request.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Section 45 code of practice states that any correspondence in which the requester has expressed dissatisfaction over the content or handling of their request should be addressed through the internal review procedure.

Consequently, the Council has logged an internal review of your request and the response and will respond in due course.

Kind Regards

Kind Regards

Jessica Greenwood
Personal Assistant to,
Mark Warren – Managing Director Community Health and Adult Social Care
Paul Entwistle – Director of Legal Services
Executive Support Team
Level 3, Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham, OL1 1UG*
Telephone: 0161 770 6775
Email: [email address]
*Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King Street (2-3 minutes walk)

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kathleen wilkinson

Dear Jessica Greenwood,

I received your reply dated 17th December and would like an update on my query and request for an internal review.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

kathleen wilkinson

Colin Brittain, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mrs Wilkinson,

Please find attached the response to your request for a review of the above Freedom of Information request.

Regards,

Colin Brittain
Assistant Borough Solicitor
Oldham Council
Legal Services
Level 4
West Street
Oldham
OL1 1UL
0161 770 3013
[email address]
Please note: for satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL
Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King Street (2-3 mins walk)

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kathleen wilkinson

Dear Colin Brittain,
Thank you for your reply in this matter.

However, your answer is far from satisfactory. I was informed by Kenny Penworthy that both events were ticketed. Therefore, firstly regarding the “Festive Feast”, how many tickets were sold and what was the charge per ticket?

You attached a statement but did not show any receipts or invoices for any of the purchases. Also, there is no mention of the Councillors who contributed £212 to the event or the amount given by Councillor Bates and Councillor Brock plus the funds raised by the entrance fee.

Secondly, The St Patrick’s Night Event was part of The Lord Mayors Appeal. You informed me that Councillor Garry donated £670 for a ceilidh band, so where did this sum of money come from and again where is the invoice for the booking of said band? You informed me that £875 in total was donated to The Appeal on the night. Does that include the £670 from Councillor Garry. There is no breakdown and no explanation

I would again ask how many tickets were sold for this event and at what price?

So I would be grateful if you could answer the above questions not only for my benefit but for other residents who would also like to know. I would presume that the budget for these kind of events must be signed off by the finance officer, so he/she must have requested proof of purchases before doing so.

Kind regards

Kathleen Wilkinson

Yours sincerely,

kathleen wilkinson

Colin Brittain, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

I am on leave from 18th to 22nd March and will not have e mail access. If
your matter is urgent and requires attention before my return, please
contact Business Support on ext. 0161 770 4832 who will pass your query on
to an appropriate officer.

Thank you.

Colin Brittain

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kathleen wilkinson

Dear Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council,

Dear Mr. Brittain

Regarding this matter, I am concerned that the length of time in responding to me and giving me some facts, is to say the least “lengthy”

Since there is a local council election looming, is this question being put on the back burner until after 2nd May?

I await your response and since I have been more than patient, if I do not hear from you with a definitive reply on return, I will take this up with The Ombundsman.

Yours faithfully,

kathleen wilkinson

Information Manager, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mrs Wilkinson,

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding. As
requested, attached is additional clarity and information in relation to
your original request and internal review.

 

Regards,

 

Information Management Team

Oldham Council

Level 11

Civic Centre

West Street

Oldham  OL11UL 

 

Please note: For satellite navigation purposes the postcode is OL1 1NL

 

Visiting the Civic Centre by Metrolink? The nearest stop is Oldham King
Street (2 – 3 mins’ walk)

 

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