Information on Current Property Management Solution

Peter Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Daventry District Council

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Dear Daventry District Council,

I would be most grateful if you would provide me, under the Freedom of Information Act, the following:

• If any, the name of the software solution(s) used to manage your corporate property/assets including facilities management (CAFM).
• Who are the current supplier(s)?
• What was the actual contract value(s) of each contract?
• Start date & duration of the contract.
• Is there an extension clause in the contract(s) and, if so, the duration of the extension?
• Has a decision been made yet on whether the contract(s) are being either extended or renewed?
• Who is the senior officer (outside of procurement) responsible for this contract?

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Jones

DDC Freedom of Information, Daventry District Council

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Resources Team
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Iuliana Lisnic, Daventry District Council

Dear Mr Jones

Thank you for your email.

Having reviewed your request, I regret to inform you that your request seems to have no public purpose. It would appear to be a commercial request which does not meet the transparency objectives of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). It is unclear from your request in its current form what, if any, public interest there is in disclosing this information.

Without clear public interest the Council considers commercial requests vexatious in line with the Upper Tribunal ruling recently upheld by the Court of Appeal: http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC/...
In this judgement Judge Wikeley indicates in paragraphs 35 and 38 that improper use of FOI [such as no public interest] is a valid consideration to make when considering if a request is vexatious. Using the Freedom of Information Act to gain a commercial advantage or seek opportunity over another can be included within this definition. It would be considered an abuse of a statutory process that is designed to promote open accountable local government, not provide commercial organisations with leads into organisations to promote or sell goods or services.

Of course a public body is not always aware of some wider public interests in a particular area and would like to seek clarification to be able to fully assess any possible public interest before proceeding.
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Yours sincerely

Iuliana Lisnic
Apprentice for Governance & HR

Resources Team
Daventry District Council
Lodge Road
Daventry
Northants NN11 4FP
DX: 21965 Daventry

01327 302511

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