Financial and related details regarding 20 members of FPAG

Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Committee on Fuel Poverty

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Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

There are 20 members of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group - sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

On the DECC / FPAG website, I can find nothing to explain how the members are funded for time dedicated to FPAG business. Neither can I find any schedule to explain where and how often the group sits and how much time is dedicated to these sittings. Neither can I find any justification or reason for why 20 members are needed - which appears to be a disproportionately large number.

For the last 5 years, please provide full details of the precise source of funding and payment for each of the 20 members. State whether this is public money. Also give full details of all payments made to each of the 20 members, in connection with group business. Also provide full details of time spent on the group for every member for the last 5 years. Please provide an explanation for why 20 members are now needed, having started in 2003 with 13. Also provide names of the venue(s) where meetings have been held.

I appreciate that group members' names may change as they resign or leave for whatever reason. Please indicate dates when new members join and when old members leave.

Also provide dates of ALL meetings for the last 5 years. When providing the information, please give an annual total for each year which states clearly the exact amount of money spent on pay / remuneration / salaries / expenses / wages / costs to each individual member. If the means of payment is from a private source (such as an energy company), please state the name of the organisation alongside the member name.

Please further break the annual totals down individually to each member, to present a 'league table' indicating levels of pay / remuneration etc. as listed above.

Please also consider methods of becoming more open with the above information in the future, through means such as websites, issuing public information, or by making your information available on site for personal inspection by the public.

With levels of fuel poverty due to surpass even your own 2009 estimates, I believe there is a very strong public interest in disclosing the above information,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's handling of my FOI request 'Financial and related details regarding 20 members of FPAG'.

Please carry out a full and comprehensive internal review covering all the issues I have lodged to date, but which have not yet brought a response.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

As your organisation has failed to respond at all, I will now make an appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office.

There are currently an estimated 5.5 million UK families in fuel poverty, and this number is set to rise sharply.

I am very disappointed by your complete lack of response,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Sent request to Committee on Fuel Poverty again, using a new contact address.

Derek Lickorish,

Paul,
 
I will foward your email to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
You will no doubt be pleased to know we are unpaid and do it because we
believe in it. I give my time freely and recover 2nd class rail far where
approriate.
 
Derek

--- On Tue, 25/10/11, Paul Cardin
<[FOI #82691 email]> wrote:

From: Paul Cardin <[FOI #82691 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Financial and related details
regarding 20 members of FPAG
To: "FOI requests at FPAG" <[email address]>
Date: Tuesday, 25 October, 2011, 18:42

     Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,
     
     There are 20 members of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group - sponsored
     by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
     
     On the DECC / FPAG website, I can find nothing to explain how the
     members are funded for time dedicated to FPAG business. Neither can
     I find any schedule to explain where and how often the group sits
     and how much time is dedicated to these sittings. Neither can I
     find any justification or reason for why 20 members are needed -
     which appears to be a disproportionately large number.
     
     For the last 5 years, please provide full details of the precise
     source of funding and payment for each of the 20 members. State
     whether this is public money. Also give full details of all
     payments made to each of the 20 members, in connection with group
     business. Also provide full details of time spent on the group for
     every member for the last 5 years. Please provide an explanation
     for why 20 members are now needed, having started in 2003 with 13.
     Also provide names of the venue(s) where meetings have been held.
     
     I appreciate that group members' names may change as they resign or
     leave for whatever reason. Please indicate dates when new members
     join and when old members leave.
     
     Also provide dates of ALL meetings for the last 5 years. When
     providing the information, please give an annual total for each
     year which states clearly the exact amount of money spent on pay /
     remuneration / salaries / expenses / wages / costs to each
     individual member. If the means of payment is from a private source
     (such as an energy company), please state the name of the
     organisation alongside the member name.
     
     Please further break the annual totals down individually to each
     member, to present a 'league table' indicating levels of pay /
     remuneration etc. as listed above.
     
     Please also consider methods of becoming more open with the above
     information in the future, through means such as websites, issuing
     public information, or by making your information available on site
     for personal inspection by the public.
     
     With levels of fuel poverty due to surpass even your own 2009
     estimates, I believe there is a very strong public interest in
     disclosing the above information,
     
     Yours faithfully,
     
     Paul Cardin
     
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FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: 11/1421
 
Dear  Mr Cardin, 
 
Thank you for your request for information which was received on  26
October 2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official
at the Department of Energy and Climate Change to deal with.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be responded at the latest by  23 November
2011. 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS who have a shared service when dealing with requests
for DECC. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | [1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared
service level agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI
requests

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From: Derek Lickorish [mailto:[email address]]
Sent: 25 October 2011 19:01
To: Paul Cardin
Cc: Fuel Poverty Advisory Group - DECC
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Financial and related
details regarding 20 members of FPAG

 

Paul,

 

I will foward your email to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
You will no doubt be pleased to know we are unpaid and do it because we
believe in it. I give my time freely and recover 2nd class rail far where
approriate.

 

Derek

--- On Tue, 25/10/11, Paul Cardin
<[FOI #82691 email]> wrote:

From: Paul Cardin <[FOI #82691 email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Financial and related details
regarding 20 members of FPAG
To: "FOI requests at FPAG" <[email address]>
Date: Tuesday, 25 October, 2011, 18:42

     Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,
     
     There are 20 members of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group - sponsored
     by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
     
     On the DECC / FPAG website, I can find nothing to explain how the
     members are funded for time dedicated to FPAG business. Neither can
     I find any schedule to explain where and how often the group sits
     and how much time is dedicated to these sittings. Neither can I
     find any justification or reason for why 20 members are needed -
     which appears to be a disproportionately large number.
     
     For the last 5 years, please provide full details of the precise
     source of funding and payment for each of the 20 members. State
     whether this is public money. Also give full details of all
     payments made to each of the 20 members, in connection with group
     business. Also provide full details of time spent on the group for
     every member for the last 5 years. Please provide an explanation
     for why 20 members are now needed, having started in 2003 with 13.
     Also provide names of the venue(s) where meetings have been held.
     
     I appreciate that group members' names may change as they resign or
     leave for whatever reason. Please indicate dates when new members
     join and when old members leave.
     
     Also provide dates of ALL meetings for the last 5 years. When
     providing the information, please give an annual total for each
     year which states clearly the exact amount of money spent on pay /
     remuneration / salaries / expenses / wages / costs to each
     individual member. If the means of payment is from a private source
     (such as an energy company), please state the name of the
     organisation alongside the member name.
     
     Please further break the annual totals down individually to each
     member, to present a 'league table' indicating levels of pay /
     remuneration etc. as listed above.
     
     Please also consider methods of becoming more open with the above
     information in the future, through means such as websites, issuing
     public information, or by making your information available on site
     for personal inspection by the public.
     
     With levels of fuel poverty due to surpass even your own 2009
     estimates, I believe there is a very strong public interest in
     disclosing the above information,
     
     Yours faithfully,
     
     Paul Cardin
     
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Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's handling of my FOI request 'Financial and related details regarding 20 members of FPAG'.

Thank you for the initial response which was reassuring, however you're now out of time and in breach of the Act.

The Information Commissioner expects requests for internal review to be satisfied within 20 days. You would need a very good reason for not responding within this timescale.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

FOI Requests,

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Dear Mr Cardin
 
Please see the attached letter regarding your information request.
 
Best regards,
H Paul

 

Information Rights Unit (DECC shared service) | Department for Business,
Innovation & Skills |  1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET 

[1]www.bis.gov.uk | [2]www.decc.gov.uk

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Dear FOI Requests,

Please carry out internal review as requested earlier today,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: IR/11/1421

 
Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your request for an internal review which was received on 23
November 2011. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official
at the Department of Energy and Climate Change to deal with.

In line with the Information Commissioner's guidance, internal reviews
should be responded to within 20 working days unless they are complex, in
which case a response should be sent within 40 working days. Please be
aware that this does not include weekends and bank holidays. The
Department of Energy and Climate Change aims to respond to requests for
internal reviews as quickly as possible.  We hope to be in contact with
you again shortly with a decision on your request.  

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS who have a shared service when dealing with requests
for DECC. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | [1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared
service level agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI
requests

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth

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  • Attachment

    2011 12 16 FOI Review response to Mr Cardin Ref IR 11 1421 re FPAG Final.docx

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Dear Mr Cardin
 
Please see the attached letter relating to yours request for an internal
review received on 23 November 2011.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Information Rights Unit (DECC Shared Service) | Department for Business,
Innovation & Skills | 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET
| [1]www.decc.gov.uk | [2]www.bis.gov.uk
 

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Dear FOI Requests,

I did not ask DECC to undertake an internal review of the reasons for the delay in responding to your
request under the Freedom of Information Act.

I asked you to conduct an internal review of the original response (ie. in accordance with the Act and by an officer senior to the one who conducted the first response).

As you have failed to do this, I will now appeal to the Information Commissioner,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

FOI Requests,

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Cardin
 
Please see the attached letter relating to your follow-up email received
on 16 December 2011.
 
Best regards,
Information Rights Unit
 

Information Rights Unit (DECC Shared Service) | Department for Business,
Innovation & Skills | 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET
| [1]www.decc.gov.uk | [2]www.bis.gov.uk

 
 

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Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's handling of my FOI request 'Financial and related details regarding 20 members of FPAG'.

Please carry out an internal review. I am not happy with the scope of information provided and would request that a senior person carries out the review.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: IR/11/1421

Dear Mr Cardin,
Thank you for your request for an internal review which was received on
13th February 2012. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate
official at the Department of Energy and Climate Change to deal with.

In line with the Information Commissioner's guidance, internal reviews
should be responded to within 20 working days unless they are complex, in
which case a response should be sent within 40 working days. Please be
aware that this does not include weekends and bank holidays. The
Department of Energy and Climate Change aims to respond to requests for
internal reviews as quickly as possible.  We hope to be in contact with
you again shortly with a decision on your request.  

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS who have a shared service when dealing with requests
for DECC. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | [1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared
service level agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI
requests

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth

--- On Sun, 12/2/12, Paul Cardin
<[FOI #82691 email]> wrote:

From: Paul Cardin <[FOI #82691 email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Financial
and related details regarding 20 members of FPAG
To: "FOI requests at FPAG" <[email address]>
Date: Sunday, 12 February, 2012, 9:54
Dear Fuel Poverty Advisory Group,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Fuel Poverty Advisory
Group's handling of my FOI request 'Financial and related details
regarding 20 members of FPAG'.

Please carry out an internal review. I am not happy with the scope
of information provided and would request that a senior person
carries out the review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
[3]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fi...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

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Dear Mr Cardin

Please find attached letter following your request for an internal review,
our reference 11/1421.

<<FOI IR-11-1421.pdf>>

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | [1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared
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Dear FOI Requests,

In response to your message. All of it. Please carry out an internal review,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Cardin

FOI Requests,

DECC Ref: IR/11/1421

 
Dear Mr Cardin,

Thank you for your request for an internal review which was received on 26
April 2012. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at
the Department of Energy and Climate Change to deal with.

In line with the Information Commissioner's guidance, internal reviews
should be responded to within 20 working days unless they are complex, in
which case a response should be sent within 40 working days. Please be
aware that this does not include weekends and bank holidays. The
Department of Energy and Climate Change aims to respond to requests for
internal reviews as quickly as possible.  We hope to be in contact with
you again shortly with a decision on your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the information
rights unit at BIS who have a shared service when dealing with requests
for DECC. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Innovation
& Skills | [1][email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor, 1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H OET | [2]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS have a shared
service level agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI
requests

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difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
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Dear Mr Cardin

Please see the attached reply to your request for an internal review - our
ref 11/1421.

<<IR-11-1421 - 2012 - 05 - 25 FOI Review response to Mr Cardin Ref
IR_11_1421 re FPAG_Final.docx>>

Kind regards
Information Rights Unit

Security and Information Rights Unit |  Department for Business,
Innovation & Skills | [email address] | Victoria 3, 5th Floor,
1
Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET | [1]www.bis.gov.uk | BIS has a shared
service level agreement with DECC to process and advise on their FOI
requests

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Dear Mr Cardin
 
Please see the attached letter relating to your request for an internal
review for FOI case 11/1421 received on 26 April 2012.
 
Best regards,
Information Rights Unit
 
 
Security & Information Rights Unit (DECC Shared Service) | Department for
Business, Innovation & Skills | 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET
| [1]www.decc.gov.uk | [2]www.bis.gov.uk
 

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is making a
difference by supporting sustained growth and higher skills across the
economy. BIS: working together for growth

 

 

 

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