Funding Received from Central Government and Monies Spent by Durham County Council in Respect of Covid 19

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Dear Durham County Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 200, I would be grateful if you could provide the following information in respect of:

funding received from Central Government as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic.

1) please itemise all funding received by date from central government

2) of the total funding received can you please show to which service areas these funds have been allocated

3) within each service area, can you please give a breakdown as follows:-

- a description of the actual activity / project on which the funding has been spent and
the individual amounts spent
- any pending activity / project for which funding has been identified but not yet put into
place
- any activities or projects that have an ongoing cost and the frequency of these costs and
the start date and end date

4) for each service area details of the amounts of funding which have not been allocated to a specific project or activity within that service area.

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Unsworth

Info Rights,

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Durham County Council

Dear Andrea Unsworth
 
Request for Information
 

**Coronavirus update** During the pandemic, please be aware that our
response times for information requests might be longer as the
organisation responds to the changed situation. Please bear with us at
this critical time as we work to meet your request.

 
Thank you for your request received on 26 October 2020. This
correspondence is our acknowledgement of your request. Please note the
reference number and refer to it in any future correspondence.

Depending on the type of request, it will be handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, or
the Data Protection Act (DPA).

For Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information
Regulations 2004, the statutory deadline is 20 working days. However, in
some cases, for Environmental Information Regulations 2004 the deadline
may be extended to 40 working days. If this is the case, we will write to
explain that to you.

For the DPA, the statutory deadline is one month. However, in some cases
the deadline can be extended. If this is the case, we will write to you
and explain why we are extending the deadline.

If you combine a FOI/EIR request with a DPA request, we will log each as a
separate request.

If we hold this information, we will let you know and in most cases supply
it to you.  You may request a particular format for receiving the
information and we will do our best to accommodate. In most cases, we will
respond by email or letter in 12 point Arial font.  If you have a
particular need to receive the material in a different format, please let
us know.

If you make a DPA request electronically, we will respond electronically.

In some cases, the information you request will be exempt from disclosure.
What this means is that the legislation allows the Council to refuse to
provide the information. Where this occurs, we will tell you the reasons
why and we will explain how to appeal that decision.

If your request refers to a third party, then they may be consulted about
disclosing the information before we decide whether to release the
information to you.  For example, if someone asks about a contract with a
supplier, we will contact the supplier to consider their views about
disclosing the information.

In some cases, we may require a payment to cover photocopying, postage, or
other production costs on requests that require large amounts of
photocopying. However, we will discuss this with you and look for ways to
provide the information in electronic formats if possible.  If a payment
is required, it must be provided before we can send you the information. 
If a payment is required, the 20 working day time limit for responses is
suspended until the payment is received.

We may also need to contact you to clarify your request. We are obliged to
do this under s.16 of the FOIA, which refers to the duty to provide advice
and assistance to applicants. When we ask to clarify your request, the 20
working day countdown stops until we hear back from you. If you have not
contacted us about the request within 30 calendar days, we will close it.

Please note that your request and our response may be put on the Council’s
disclosure log. What this means is that we keep a log of all the requests
and responses if anyone wants to look at them. When we put the request and
response on the log, we remove the applicant’s name and any personal
references. In any case, where personal information remains, it will be
done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA).

Please note that DPA request do not have a disclosure log. They are never
placed in the public domain.

If you have any questions or need further information, then please
contact:
 
The Information Management Team
Durham County Council
Assistant Chief Executive’s Office
Room 4/140
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UF
Email: [email address]
 
 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Telephone: 0303 123 1113 
Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
 
Yours faithfully
The Information Management Team
 
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Dear ‎Andrea Unsworth‏
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
From our preliminary assessment, we estimate that compliance with your
request would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the
Freedom of information Act 2000. This is currently £450.00. We estimate
that the cost would exceed that based on questions 3 and 4. 
 
We can provide information in relations to questions 1 and 2. However, for
question two we can provide it only hat a high level such as described
below before the time taken to locate and extract the information exceeds
the fees limit.
 

 1. Total funding received
 2. Service areas where we are investing the sums e.g. Adult Social Care,
Childrens Social care, Highways, Planning etc

 

The request is:

Dear Durham County Council,
Under the Freedom of Information Act 200, I would be grateful if you could
provide the following information in respect of:
funding received from Central Government as a consequence of the Covid 19
pandemic.
1) please itemise all funding received by date from central government
- we can do this
2) of the total funding received can you please show to which service
areas these funds have been allocated - we can do this but we are talking
up tor £200 million of grant
3) within each service area, can you please give a breakdown as follows:-
- a description of the actual activity / project on which the funding has
been spent and
the individual amounts spent -  this is a massive task seeking granular
detail on up to £200 million. Totally unreasonable and would take days if
not weeks to pull together
- any pending activity / project for which funding has been identified but
not yet put into
place -  as above
- any activities or projects that have an ongoing cost and the frequency
of these costs and
the start date and end date
4) for each service area details of the amounts of funding which have not
been allocated to a specific project or activity within that service area.
See above question 3. 
 
 
Under section 16 we are required to provide advice and assistance so we
recommend that you revise your request in line with what we have suggested
above.

If you feel that this particular request has not been complied with fully
under the terms of the Act then please put your grounds in writing stating
why you want a review. You must do this within two months of our response
to you. Please select from one of the following.

 

 1. You believe that 3^rd party data is not exempt. Please state why
exactly our exemption has been applied incorrectly that is how the
third-party information is not exempt.
 2. You believe that our exemption(s) is wrong please explain why you
think the exemption is wrong/inappropriate citing the relevant part of
the Act.
 3. Something was missed ie a significant change occurred, or we missed
something ie we did provide X even though you asked for X or we did
not say why we did not provide X
 4. We were late in the response.

 

We require one or more of these grounds in writing to enable to consider
an internal review.

Please send your request to either [1][email address] or write to
us at:

 

The Information Management Team

Durham County Council

Room 143 - 148

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UF

 
 
If you are still dissatisfied with the Council's response after the
internal review you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner
at:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 01625 545 700
Website: www.ico.gov.uk

Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns.

Yours faithfully
 
 
Lawrence Serewicz
Information and Records Manager
Transformation and Partnerships
03000 268038
[email address]
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Dear Durham County Council,

Thank you for your response.

Please can you supply me with the information for 1) and 2) of my original request which you have said you could provide.

I understand that the additional information is not available due to cost implications.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Unsworth

Durham County Council

Dear Andrea Unsworth
 
Request for Information
 

**Coronavirus update** During the pandemic, please be aware that our
response times for information requests might be longer as the
organisation responds to the changed situation. Please bear with us at
this critical time as we work to meet your request.

 
Thank you for your request received on 18 November 2020. This
correspondence is our acknowledgement of your request. Please note the
reference number and refer to it in any future correspondence.

Depending on the type of request, it will be handled under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, or
the Data Protection Act (DPA).

For Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information
Regulations 2004, the statutory deadline is 20 working days. However, in
some cases, for Environmental Information Regulations 2004 the deadline
may be extended to 40 working days. If this is the case, we will write to
explain that to you.

For the DPA, the statutory deadline is one month. However, in some cases
the deadline can be extended. If this is the case, we will write to you
and explain why we are extending the deadline.

If you combine a FOI/EIR request with a DPA request, we will log each as a
separate request.

If we hold this information, we will let you know and in most cases supply
it to you.  You may request a particular format for receiving the
information and we will do our best to accommodate. In most cases, we will
respond by email or letter in 12 point Arial font.  If you have a
particular need to receive the material in a different format, please let
us know.

If you make a DPA request electronically, we will respond electronically.

In some cases, the information you request will be exempt from disclosure.
What this means is that the legislation allows the Council to refuse to
provide the information. Where this occurs, we will tell you the reasons
why and we will explain how to appeal that decision.

If your request refers to a third party, then they may be consulted about
disclosing the information before we decide whether to release the
information to you.  For example, if someone asks about a contract with a
supplier, we will contact the supplier to consider their views about
disclosing the information.

In some cases, we may require a payment to cover photocopying, postage, or
other production costs on requests that require large amounts of
photocopying. However, we will discuss this with you and look for ways to
provide the information in electronic formats if possible.  If a payment
is required, it must be provided before we can send you the information. 
If a payment is required, the 20 working day time limit for responses is
suspended until the payment is received.

We may also need to contact you to clarify your request. We are obliged to
do this under s.16 of the FOIA, which refers to the duty to provide advice
and assistance to applicants. When we ask to clarify your request, the 20
working day countdown stops until we hear back from you. If you have not
contacted us about the request within 30 calendar days, we will close it.

Please note that your request and our response may be put on the Council’s
disclosure log. What this means is that we keep a log of all the requests
and responses if anyone wants to look at them. When we put the request and
response on the log, we remove the applicant’s name and any personal
references. In any case, where personal information remains, it will be
done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA).

Please note that DPA request do not have a disclosure log. They are never
placed in the public domain.

If you have any questions or need further information, then please
contact:
 
The Information Management Team
Durham County Council
Assistant Chief Executive’s Office
Room 4/140
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UF
Email: [email address]
 
 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:
 
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Telephone: 0303 123 1113 
Fax: 01625 524 510
Email: [email address]
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
 
Yours faithfully
The Information Management Team
 
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Dear Durham County Council,

With reference to your reply of 11th November, I am not sure if I have understood whether or not you can provide the answer to no 2) of my original request. If this exceeds the time and cost limitations I understand that it cannot be provided.

Yours sincerely,

Andrea Unsworth

Durham County Council

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Dear Andrea Unsworth
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 18 November 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Lawrence Serewicz
Information and Records Manager
Transformation and Partnerships
03000 268038
[email address]
 
Survey:
https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/service...
and Transactional Services&origUCRN=&Source=iCasework
 
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Dear Andrea Unsworth
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 18 November 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request. With the correct
response with the information in the response instead of the blank
response.
 
Yours faithfully
 
 
Lawrence Serewicz
Information and Records Manager
Transformation and Partnerships
03000 268038
[email address]
 
Survey:
https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/service...
and Transactional Services&origUCRN=&Source=iCasework
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.
 
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