Internal audit report

The request was refused by Copeland Borough Council.

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act [2000] and the Local Audit and Accountability Act [2014] I am requesting the following information:

A copy of the 2015 internal audit report covering the relationship between Mrs Fiona Rooney and Mr Stephen Greenway.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

info@copeland.gov.uk, Copeland Borough Council

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Good Morning, 

Thank you for your email. 

I have passed your request to the relevant officer, who shall contact
yourself within the specific time frame. 

Kindest Regards

Customer Service Officer

Copeland Direct

Copeland Borough Council 

Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28
7JG. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946
598303. [1]www.copeland.gov.uk, [2][Copeland Borough Council request email]

 



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From: Richard Anderson <[FOI #517274 email]>
Date: Friday, August 31, 2018, 8:08:44 PM
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Internal audit report
Dear Copeland Borough Council,

In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act [2000] and the Local
Audit and Accountability Act [2014] I am requesting the following
information:

A copy of the 2015 internal audit report covering the relationship between
Mrs Fiona Rooney and Mr Stephen Greenway.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

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Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your Request for Information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Your request is being considered and you will receive any recorded
information held by Copeland Borough Council within the statutory
timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act
2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a
reference to a third party.

 

For your information, the Act defines a number of exemptions, which may
prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an
assessment and if any of the exemption categories apply then the
information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.

 

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to
release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

 

There may be a fee payable for this information.  This will be considered
and you will be informed if a fee is payable.  In this event the fee must
be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working
day time limit for responses is suspended until receipt of the payment.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone 01625 545700

[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

From: Info
Sent: 03 September 2018 09:37
To: Richard Anderson <[FOI #517274 email]>
Cc: FOI Email Group <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Internal audit report

 

Good Morning, 



Thank you for your email. 



I have passed your request to the relevant officer, who shall contact
yourself within the specific time frame. 



Kindest Regards

Customer Service Officer

Copeland Direct

Copeland Borough Council 

Copeland Borough Council, Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, CA28
7JG. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946
598303. [6]www.copeland.gov.uk, [7][Copeland Borough Council request email]

 



Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

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From: Richard Anderson <[8][FOI #517274 email]>
Date: Friday, August 31, 2018, 8:08:44 PM
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[9][Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Internal audit report

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act [2000] and the Local
Audit and Accountability Act [2014] I am requesting the following
information:

A copy of the 2015 internal audit report covering the relationship between
Mrs Fiona Rooney and Mr Stephen Greenway.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

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[10][FOI #517274 email]

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Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Request for Information – Freedom of Information Act  7831/18   

 

I am writing to you in my capacity as Freedom of Information Officer to
advise you that we have the right to withhold any individual’s personal
information being given to a third party under Absolute Exemption, Section
40 (3)(a)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  This states that
personal information should not be disclosed if it would contravene one of
the principles of the Data Protection Act.

 

The principle which we believe would be contravened in response to your
request 7831/18 is Principle 2 which states that Personal Data should be
“obtained for specified purposes and not processed incompatibly with those
purposes”.  This exemption is an absolute exemption under the act.

 

The Council makes every effort to make sure that the services it provides
are as efficient and effective as possible, and this includes any requests
under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

If you believe that your request has not been dealt with satisfactorily
you should follow the Council’s complaints procedure.

 

If you have followed the complaints procedure and are still not happy with
how your request has been dealt with you may also contact the:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Enquiry/Information Line: 01625 545 745

For more information: [1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [2][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[3]www.copeland.gov.uk, [4][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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From: Richard Anderson <[6][FOI #517274 email]>
Date: Friday, August 31, 2018, 8:08:44 PM
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[7][Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Internal audit report

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

In accordance with The Freedom Of Information Act [2000] and the Local
Audit and Accountability Act [2014] I am requesting the following
information:

A copy of the 2015 internal audit report covering the relationship between
Mrs Fiona Rooney and Mr Stephen Greenway.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Please use this email address for all replies to this request:
[8][FOI #517274 email]

Is [9][Copeland Borough Council request email] the wrong address for Freedom of Information
requests to Copeland Borough Council? If so, please contact us using this
form:
[10]https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outl...

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be delayed.

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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jayne laine left an annotation ()

Oh dear oh dear! Openness and Transparency out the window on this one.

Were they not husband and wife? Was all necessary declarations given at the time of contracting? Was this vest value.

Typical CBC hasn't changed a bit!

jayne laine left an annotation ()

*best value?

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Copeland Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Internal audit report'.

Even though disclosure may cause distress to the employees concerned, and they may have a reasonable expectation that the information will not be disclosed, this does not mean that disclosure would necessarily be unfair. The public authority must consider the legitimate public interest in disclosure and balance this against the rights of employees.

The public authority must consider whether there is a legitimate interest in the public or the requester having access to the information and the balance this against the rights of employees.

Under the DPA the exercise of balancing the rights and freedoms of the employees against the legitimate interest in disclosure is different to the public interest test that is required for the qualified exemptions listed in section 2(3) FOIA. In the public interest test, there is an assumption in favour of disclosure because the public authority must disclose the information unless the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

ICO decision notice FS50125350 concerned a request to the National Police Improvement Agency for information about a contract for an electronic fingerprint identification system. The information included the names of senior staff in the authority who worked on this project. The Commissioner established that there was a legitimate public interest in knowing “who was responsible for important decisions involving significant sums of public money.” He found that “disclosure is necessary for the public to be able to establish the seniority of those involved” and that “there would be no unwarranted interference or prejudice to the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the senior-level individuals concerned."

My FOI request is linked to public spending totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

info@copeland.gov.uk, Copeland Borough Council

Hello [FOI #517274 email],
You've contacted us outside our regular hours of operation.
Please expect a response during our regular business hours.

Thank you.

Copeland - the best place to live in Cumbria This email is confidential
and is for the attention of the addressee only. Copeland Borough Council
accept no responsibility for information, errors or omissions contained in
it. We make every effort to keep our network free from viruses. You should
independently check this e-mail and any attachments for viruses, as we can
take no responsibility for any computer viruses that might be transferred
by way of this e-mail.

Clifford Walker, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Thank you for contacting Copeland Borough Council with your request for an
Internal Review.

This has been assigned to a caseworker. We will aim to send you a full
response by 02 November 2018 which is twenty working days from the date we
received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me
quoting the above reference number.

 

Regards,

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [1][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[2]www.copeland.gov.uk, [3][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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From: Richard Anderson <[5][FOI #517274 email]>
Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 22:43:55
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[6][Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Internal
audit report

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Copeland Borough Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Internal audit report'.

Even though disclosure may cause distress to the employees concerned, and
they may have a reasonable expectation that the information will not be
disclosed, this does not mean that disclosure would necessarily be unfair.
The public authority must consider the legitimate public interest in
disclosure and balance this against the rights of employees.

The public authority must consider whether there is a legitimate interest
in the public or the requester having access to the information and the
balance this against the rights of employees.

Under the DPA the exercise of balancing the rights and freedoms of the
employees against the legitimate interest in disclosure is different to
the public interest test that is required for the qualified exemptions
listed in section 2(3) FOIA. In the public interest test, there is an
assumption in favour of disclosure because the public authority must
disclose the information unless the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

ICO decision notice FS50125350 concerned a request to the National Police
Improvement Agency for information about a contract for an electronic
fingerprint identification system. The information included the names of
senior staff in the authority who worked on this project. The Commissioner
established that there was a legitimate public interest in knowing “who
was responsible for important decisions involving significant sums of
public money.” He found that “disclosure is necessary for the public to be
able to establish the seniority of those involved” and that “there would
be no unwarranted interference or prejudice to the rights, freedoms and
legitimate interests of the senior-level individuals concerned."

My FOI request is linked to public spending totalling hundreds of
thousands of pounds.

”A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[7]https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outl...

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

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Marissa Joyce, Copeland Borough Council

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Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Further to Mr Walkers email to you, below, I have conclude a review and my
conclusion is as follows.

 

I accept your statement that the public authority must consider whether
there is a legitimate interest in the public or the requester having
access to the information and the balance this against the rights of
employees.

 

I am also mindful that under principle one of the DPA, personal data must
be processed fairly and lawfully.  My understanding is that whilst current
officers may expect to have their names released in connection to Council
business, former officers would not reasonably expect their names and
personal information to be published now.  I therefore consider that the
release of the requested information would be unfair and I disagree with
your suggestion that a public interest test (PII) is required. 

I therefore agree with Mr Walkers previous findings that the information
you have requested should be withheld and as stated earlier this concludes
my Internal Review of your request for information.  

However, if you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, you may apply to the
Information Commissioner’s Office for an independent review of the way the
Council has handled your request. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Kind regards,

Marissa Joyce

Customer Relations Officer

Governance and Commercial

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 598525

[1][email address]

 

Please note my normal working hours are Tuesday to Thursday 9.00am until
5.00pm.

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[2]www.copeland.gov.uk, [3][Copeland Borough Council request email]

 

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From: Clifford Walker
Sent: 05 October 2018 11:27
To: '[FOI #517274 email]'
<[5][FOI #517274 email]>
Subject: FW: Internal review of Freedom of Information request 7831/18 -
Internal audit report

 

Dear Mr Anderson,

 

Thank you for contacting Copeland Borough Council with your request for an
Internal Review.

This has been assigned to a caseworker. We will aim to send you a full
response by 02 November 2018 which is twenty working days from the date we
received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me
quoting the above reference number.

 

Regards,

 

 

Cliff Walker

Information Governance and Data Protection Officer

Copeland Borough Council

 

Tel: 01946 59 8529

Email: [6][email address]

 

Copeland Borough Council, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street,
Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 7SJ. Tel: 01946 598300. Fax: 01946 598303.
[7]www.copeland.gov.uk, [8][Copeland Borough Council request email]

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Working to improve lives, communities and the prosperity of Copeland

 

 

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From: Richard Anderson <[10][FOI #517274 email]>
Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018, 22:43:55
To: FOI requests at Copeland Borough Council <[11][Copeland Borough Council request email]>
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Internal
audit report

Dear Copeland Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Copeland Borough Council's
handling of my FOI request 'Internal audit report'.

Even though disclosure may cause distress to the employees concerned, and
they may have a reasonable expectation that the information will not be
disclosed, this does not mean that disclosure would necessarily be unfair.
The public authority must consider the legitimate public interest in
disclosure and balance this against the rights of employees.

The public authority must consider whether there is a legitimate interest
in the public or the requester having access to the information and the
balance this against the rights of employees.

Under the DPA the exercise of balancing the rights and freedoms of the
employees against the legitimate interest in disclosure is different to
the public interest test that is required for the qualified exemptions
listed in section 2(3) FOIA. In the public interest test, there is an
assumption in favour of disclosure because the public authority must
disclose the information unless the public interest in maintaining the
exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

ICO decision notice FS50125350 concerned a request to the National Police
Improvement Agency for information about a contract for an electronic
fingerprint identification system. The information included the names of
senior staff in the authority who worked on this project. The Commissioner
established that there was a legitimate public interest in knowing “who
was responsible for important decisions involving significant sums of
public money.” He found that “disclosure is necessary for the public to be
able to establish the seniority of those involved” and that “there would
be no unwarranted interference or prejudice to the rights, freedoms and
legitimate interests of the senior-level individuals concerned."

My FOI request is linked to public spending totalling hundreds of
thousands of pounds.

”A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[12]https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outl...

Yours faithfully,

Richard Anderson

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[13][FOI #517274 email]

Disclaimer: This message and any reply that you make will be published on
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Please note that in some cases publication of requests and responses will
be delayed.

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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