Fairness Commission

m trotter made this Freedom of Information request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

Could you please supply the latest available accounts for the fairness commission. If these are not held by the council please supply amount of monies given to the fairness commission by Blackpool borough council.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Trotter

Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Blackpool Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Fairness Commission'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

m trotter

Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

I am still waiting for response regarding foi request and internal review. when are you likely to respond.

Yours faithfully,

m trotter

Customer First, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email which we received 10th July.

Your second email has been forwarded to the appropriate Freedom of
Information Officer who is dealing with your request.

Many Thanks

Kind regards

Customer First

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Debbie Topping, Blackpool Borough Council

Date: 16 August 2013

Michael Trotter

Via email to [1][FOI #159713 email]

        Our Ref: 13/600/MT/DT/F20

Your Ref: 00000

Direct Line: 00000

Email: [email address].uk    
Dear Mr Trotter


In accordance with s.50 of the Act, I have considered your request for
internal review and complaint against the response issued to you in
relation to your information request.  I apologise for the lengthy delay
in responding to your Internal Review request and I have included an
investigation into why this stage of your request was delayed in my

My decision is that your complaint is successful and the complaint is
upheld.  I have explained my reasons for this decision next and the
information requested is shown below.

Reviewing the WhatdotheyKnow website clearly shows that your request was
sent to the Council however, receipt of this was not acknowledged by us
nor was a reference number provided.  I have searched our FOI system and
have been unable to find any record of your request on this.

Therefore, we did not handle your request in line with our processes and
we apologise for this.  We are currently undertaking a full review of our
request handling processes and have recently provided training or
refresher training to a number of officers located within the Council
Departments.  The aim of the full review is to improve our processes to
enable us to avoid issues such as you have encountered.

It would appear that a similar issue occurred with your Internal Review
request.  Again, I would like to apologise on behalf of the Council.

You asked about the accounts for the Blackpool Fairness Commission and
whether the Council provided any monies to this Commission. 

I have liaised with Council officers in relation to this and I have been
provided with the following information.

As Fairness Commission doesn’t currently incur any expenditure or
income, it does not produce any accounts.

The Council does not give any money, by way of funding or grants, to
the Commission. Members of the Commission have pledged to give their
time voluntarily to help the Commission achieve its objectives. 
Council staff do assist the Commission and offer support and advice
when requested, as they do for many other organisations and groups in
Blackpool – this represents a tiny fraction of their overall

The Blackpool Fairness Commission does have a website which provides more
information about the Commission and its representative membership and
this can be found at: [2]http://blackpoolfairness.wordpress.com

If you are not happy with the outcome of the review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision. 
You can contact the Information Commissioner at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, ([3]www.ico.org.uk).

If you have any queries about this letter you can contact me, or write to:
FOI, Town Hall, Blackpool, FY1 1NA, or email us at
[4][Blackpool Borough Council request email].  Please remember to quote your
reference number when you contact us.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Topping MBA (Open)

ICT Manager (Information Governance)

Blackpool: A fair place where aspiration and ambition are encouraged.


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