I am asking for info on public spending

North East Lincolnshire Council did not have the information requested.

Dear North East Lincolnshire Council,

Can I ask if your going to publish the recent staff buisniess trip to the south of France in a £500 a night hotel all expenses paid long weekend at the cost of the tax payer and the fact we're paying there work phone bills to call the uk ect are they back yet ? Was in a nice relaxing break??

Yours faithfully,

A tax payer

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

 

We acknowledge receipt of your information request, which has been given
the reference number NEL/4625/1617.

 

North East Lincolnshire Council is committed to the Freedom of Information
Act and believes that appropriate access to the information we hold is
vital to transparency and openness in the way we operate.

 

To ensure Freedom of Information is effective both for applicants in
making requests and receiving the information they require, and the
Council in its use of resources for handling and responding to requests,
we would refer you to the Information Commissioner’s website which
provides guidance on how to make requests under the Freedom of Information
Act.

 

Link to the guidance on the Information Commissioner’s website:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

 

For a request to be valid under the Freedom of Information Act, section 8
(1) requires that it

 

(a) is in writing,

(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence,
and

(c) describes the information requested.

 

The Information Commissioner’s guidance ‘Recognising a request made under
the Freedom of Information Act (Section 8)’ clearly states that ‘the
intention of the legislation is for the requester to provide their real
name’. Where a request is made not using the applicant’s real name this
would render the request invalid and affect your appeal rights, as the
powers of the Information Commissioner only extend to requests for
information defined under section 8 of the Act.

 

Link to the guidance on the Information Commissioner’s website:
[2]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

 

In order for the Council to verify that your request is valid, we would
ask that you confirm your name and postal address (please note a PO Box is
not acceptable), to maintain your confidentiality this should not be done
through the ‘What do they know’ website. If you are a registered
organisation we will accept a relevant registration number to verify you
are a genuine organisation.

 

This information can either be sent to [3][North East Lincolnshire Council request email] or to The
Freedom of Information team, Municipal Buildings, Town Hall Square,
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU.

 

The name and postal address you provide will be used and held for the sole
purpose of managing your Freedom of Information requests. Where a request
is deemed to be valid, we will respond to your request through the ‘What
do they know’ website.

 

Your request will not be responded to until we have verified that your
request is valid in accordance with section 8 of the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and I trust that you
understand that North East Lincolnshire Council is asking for this
information to ensure that your request is a valid request under the
Freedom of Information Act, and that the Council are effectively using
Council Tax payers resources in the handling of information requests.

 

It may assist you to know that North East Lincolnshire Council publishes
spending data on its website which can be accessed through the following
link:

 

[4]https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council-infor...

 

If you believe that your request for information has not been handled in
accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to
request an internal review by the Council. Please be clear about which
elements of the Council’s response or handling of the request you are
unhappy with, and would like the Council to address during the internal
review process.  If following this you are still dissatisfied you may
contact the Office of the Information Commissioner. If you wish to request
an internal review, please contact me and I will make the necessary
arrangements.

 

Yours sincerely on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council

 

Feedback Officer

 

 

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Dear PPD - FOI,
I'm sorry I think you may be confused my request was not an foi request on personal details of this "buisniess/holiday" it was a general question relating to the publics rights to know we're our money is being spent/wasted you note all details relating to the use of the publics funds can be found on the link provided obviously as this question as been raised and you haven't rejected/denied this allegation indirectly I will no doubt hope to see the information from the referred to link as soon as it's updated accordingly when do you update this information and how often do you update those records please that's of course if it's not going to be unobtainable info under the sensitive data heading.... ( if you don't mind me asking ? ......

Yours sincerely,

Davo38

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Thank you for your further correspondence in relation to information request reference 4625_1617. I can confirm that your request was considered as not valid under section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act, therefore no consideration has been given as to whether the specific information requested is held by North East Lincolnshire Council. The link to the Council's spending data was given in an effort to assist you. I can confirm that this information is updated monthly. I cannot however, confirm whether the information you have requested would be exempt from publication, due to the reasons highlighted above.

Further information, specifically regarding foreign travel undertaken by officers of the council, is published separately on our website. This information is available here: http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council-inform...

Please note the advice previously provided, regarding making a valid request under section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act, should you wish to make any future requests for information.

If you believe that your request for information has not been handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to request an internal review by the Council. Please be clear about which elements of the Council’s response or handling of the request you are unhappy with, and would like the Council to address during the internal review process. If following this you are still dissatisfied you may contact the Office of the Information Commissioner. If you wish to request an internal review, please contact me and I will make the necessary arrangements.

Yours sincerely on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council

Feedback Officer

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