Home Education bill communications

A Thurstan made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

In the second reading of the Home Education bill in the House of Lords.
https://goo.gl/kBXzgJ

Lord Soley stated:

"I have had help from across the board, but two of the councils that have been most helpful to me on this are Hampshire and Kent. They have given me information that I hope that the Government will see in due course."

Please provide a copy of all communications (if any) specific to the Home Education bill from or to your local authority between 2016 - 2017. This includes, but is not limited to; Lord Soley, the House of Lords, other local authorities and MPs.

Please redact any identifiable information under S40.

Yours faithfully,

A Thurstan

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Thurston

 

Your request for information ref. SOT64385

 

Thank you for your request for information for communications in relation
to the Home Education bill.  Your request was received by the Information
Rights Team on 01 December 2017.  This is being dealt with under the terms
of the appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

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yourself (5 since the 22^nd September 17) we have considered Section 12 of
the Act in aggregating your requests to ensure they do not exceed the
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·         they must have been received by the public authority within a
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Dear FOI,

I have made three FOI requests in total since Jan 2017:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

(this being my third, the second I am still waiting for an answer to my follow up questions) can you please confirm that you treat follow up questions to freedom of information requests as brand new requests for information?

I am also curious as to how two separate FOIs asking for completely different information could possibly be aggregated in this manner?

Yours sincerely,

A Thurstan

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Thurstan

Thank you for your email. We can confirm that your follow up questions are addressed as new requests because they are asking for information not contained within your original request. The reference numbers for each request are contained within the links you have provided below. For ease of reference these are:

SOT62930
SOT63627
SOT63802
SOT64113
SOT64385

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

Information Rights
Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street
Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH
City of Stoke-on-Trent
t 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965
e [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

Can you please confirm this includes the repeated requests for copies of documentation to be provided which have thus far not been given with a simple yes or no?

Yours sincerely,

A Thurstan

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Thurstan

 

Your request for information ref. SOT64385 about communications in
relation to the Home Education bill

 

We have now considered your request and can confirm that we do not hold
copies of any communications relating to your request.

 

In response to your question “Can you please confirm this includes the
repeated requests for copies of documentation to be provided which have
thus far not been given with a simple yes or no?”

 

If this relates to your request for “copies of all current policies,
procedures, paperwork used by the department dealing with EHE and
paperwork sent to parents/caregivers in relation to elective home
education.” Which you made in 2015 and 2013 then no, these are not
included in the 5 requests below. Only the request SOT62930 has been.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [4][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

In the second reading of the Home Education bill in the House of Lords.
[5]https://goo.gl/kBXzgJ

Lord Soley stated:

"I have had help from across the board, but two of the councils that have
been most helpful to me on this are Hampshire and Kent. They have given me
information that I hope that the Government will see in due course."

Please provide a copy of all communications (if any) specific to the Home
Education bill from or to your local authority between 2016 - 2017. This
includes, but is not limited to; Lord Soley, the House of Lords, other
local authorities and MPs.

Please redact any identifiable information under S40.

Yours faithfully,

A Thurstan

 

 

 
 

Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted to become UK City of Culture 2021.
Help us to win, find out more and get behind the bid at www.sot2021.com
#sot2021

 Save time, go online; pay your council tax, manage your benefits, book a
housing repair and report a pothole at a time and place that’s convenient
for you at www.stoke.gov.uk 

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2. http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public
3. http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx
4. mailto:[Stoke on Trent City Council request email]
5. https://goo.gl/kBXzgJ

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They do not hold copies of any communications.