Itemised list of expenditure in relation to consultancy costs and legal/professional fees 2014/15

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Dear Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust,

Please could you provide the following information, for 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015:

An itemised list of all payments to external suppliers over £500 in the categories "Consultancy costs" and "Legal and professional fees" (categories previously used in the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Annual Report and Accounts for 2013/14).

Please provide supplier details in accordance with the local spending data guidance for local government (http://data.gov.uk/blog/local-spending-d..., which states:

"In order to properly understand where and with whom public money is being spent, it is important to be able to identify the supplier. This is often not possible from the name alone (which may not be the formal name of the company or organisation), and ideally publication would include the Companies House number (or equivalent in the case of foreign companies), charity registration or other unique identifier.

In practice this information often isn’t held by the accounts system, and because of that the guidance is that all authorities should publish the supplier name and supplier id (to distinguish between different suppliers with similar names and to match the same supplier when the name changes or is redacted).

In addition, where the information is held, authorities should publish the supplier VAT number (although there is no exact match between VAT number and organisation, experience has shown this is a very successful way of identifying suppliers), as well as publishing the supplier list separately as open data.

The name of the supplier should be as per your vendor record. If the payment you make to the vendor (e.g. a solicitor) is to enable them to make a payment to a third party, you need only disclose the name of the original vendor not the end beneficiary. If the same supplier appears more than once under different vendor records, this is how they will appear in the published record. Payments to individual suppliers should not need to be aggregated, and each individual transaction must be shown separately. The supplier name should appear in full."

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Chris Hatton

Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Hatton,

Thank you for your email and request for information.

Please find attached our letter of acknowledgement and confirmation that this request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you and kind regards,

James Bourner
Freedom of Information Officer
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Tel: 023 8087 4662
Email: [email address]
Web: www.southernhealth.nhs.uk

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Dear Southern Health Freedom of Information,

Thank you very much for your quick acknowledgement - I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hatton

Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Hatton,

I am pleased to say that we are in a position to respond to your request concerning expenditure on Consultancy and Legal & Professional fees. Please find a copy of our response letter attached for your attention. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am obliged to inform you that all material supplied to you including, layout, presentation, text, logos, icons, photos, and all material is copyright © Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, unless otherwise stated.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public, will require the express written permission of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please ensure you send these to the address below within 60 days of the date of this response. We regret that we will not respond to any complaints outside of the 60 day period.

Head of Legal and Insurance Services
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
5-6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Calmore
Southampton
SO40 2RZ

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted by way of letter addressed to:

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. It would be useful if you would quote the reference above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

James Bourner
Freedom of Information Officer
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Tel: 023 8087 4662
Email: [email address]
Web: www.southernhealth.nhs.uk

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Dear Southern Health Freedom of Information,

Thank you for providing the information so promptly - much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Hatton

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