Fee paid to ERS to run the Achilles 'regeneration' ballot

Currently waiting for a response from Lewisham Borough Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

Please can you provide the total fee paid to the Electoral Reform Services to carry out the Achilles estate 'regeneration' ballot.

Please also include details of the services agreed by Lewisham council for the bespoke package with the Electoral Reform Service to carry out the ballot.

Yours faithfully,

Jacqueline Utley

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jaqueline,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 4992285

Thank you for your recent request.

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Kind regards
Corporate Complaints, Casework and Information Governance Team

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

The response to my request is now long overdue ( see below).

Please can you provide the total fee paid to the Electoral Reform Services to carry out the Achilles estate 'regeneration' ballot.

Please also include details of the services agreed by Lewisham council for the bespoke package with the Electoral Reform Service to carry out the ballot.

Yours faithfully,

Jacqueline Utley

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jacqueline
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 4992285
 
Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. We sincerely apologise for the delay in responding. Please find
below, your questions followed by our responses:
 
 
Please can you provide the total fee paid to the Electoral Reform Services
to carry out the Achilles estate 'regeneration' ballot.
 
We apply S22 of the Freedom of Information Act ‘Information intended for
future publication’ to this question.
 
Section 22 states:
(1) Information is exempt information if—
(a) the information is held by the public authority with a view to its
publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date
(whether determined or not),
(b) the information was already held with a view to such publication at
the time when the request for information was made, and
(c) it is reasonable in all the circumstances that the information should
be withheld from disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph (a).
(2) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would involve the disclosure of any
information (whether or not already recorded) which falls within
subsection (1).
 
This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption because
the requested information is due to be published at a later date. An
updated version of the document is yet to be completed. We have considered
the balancing of the public interests and confirm that this information
cannot be released until its future publication due to the current
information needing updating to ensure its accuracy.
 
The information will be available at the following link:
 
[1]https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/...
 
 
 
Please also include details of the services agreed by Lewisham council for
the bespoke package with the Electoral Reform Service to carry out the
ballot.
 
We apply Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, 'Commercial
interests', to this question.
 
Section 43 states:
(1) Information is exempt information if it constitutes a trade secret.
(2) Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it).
(3) The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that,
compliance with section 1(1)(a) would, or would be likely to, prejudice
the exemptions mentioned in subsection (2).
 
This acts as an exemption notice. We have applied this exemption as
Section 43 (2) because the information relates to intellectual property
i.e. trade secrets and/or commercially sensitive information. We confirm
that the information is held.
 
This is a qualified exemption and requires the consideration of a public
interest test. In this case we have considered that the public interest
favours non-disclosure. It is important to remember that when information
is released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, it is considered
released to the wider public. The commercially sensitive information which
your request relates to, if released to the general public could
jeopardise the commercial interests of the Council and third parties by
providing an unfair advantage in any current or future commercial
negotiations.
 
 
We hope you will find this information helpful.
 
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writing to: Information Governance – 1st floor Laurence House, Catford,
London. SE6 4RU. Or at: [email address]
 
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Telephone: 0303 123 1113.
 
Address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team
London Borough of Lewisham
Address 1st Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
 
 

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lewisham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Fee paid to ERS to run the Achilles 'regeneration' ballot'.

Lewisham council was actively campaigning for residents to vote yes to the Achilles 'regeneration' proposals -For transparency and accountability this information should be publicly available.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Jacqueline Utley

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jacqueline

Thank you for your email. Can you please specify what parts of the response you are appealing. Once this is clarified, we can formally log and acknowledge your appeal.

Kind regards
Wendy

Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.
 

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Dear Wendy,

Thank you for your response.

Just to clarify please can Lewisham council supply the following information as in the original request.

Please can you provide the total fee paid to the Electoral Reform Services to carry out the Achilles estate 'regeneration' ballot.

Please also include details of the services agreed by Lewisham council for the bespoke package with the Electoral Reform Service to carry out the ballot.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,

Jacqueline Utley

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Jacqueline

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No:4992285- Appeal

Thank you for your email.

We acknowledge receipt of your appeal of our response to your information request, reference number 4992285 . We will now undertake a review of our original response. We will endeavour to respond to you within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Wendy Stevens
Senior Customer Resolutions Officer
Corporate Complaints, Casework & Information Governance Team.

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