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

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Dear Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust,

Please could you provide the following information, for 1 January
2016 - 31 March 2016:

An itemised list of all payments to external suppliers over £500
included in the categories "Consultancy costs" and "Legal and professional fees" in successive Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Annual Reports and Accounts, indicating whether these costs are inclusive or exclusive of VAT (or VAT is not payable).

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,

 

Barney Langrish

Freedom of Information Officer

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount

Tel: 023 8087 4662

Email: [1][email address]

Web:
[2]www.southernhealth.nhs.uk                                                                                          

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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 consultancy costs and legal/professional fees. Please find a copy of our response attached for your attention. This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The attached spreadsheet has two tabs, one for payments coded as ‘Consultancy costs’ and one for payments coded as ‘Legal/Professional Fees’. Where a VAT registration number is provided in column I this indicates that the payment amount in column H is inclusive of VAT. Where there is no VAT registration number, VAT was not payable.

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

You can use/re-use any information supplied or on our website free of charge, unless indicated, in any format. This can include for your own use, non-commercial research purposes and study, news reporting, and copying. In all instances re-use is subject to the following conditions: you must acknowledge and respect the source of our copyright in all cases, you must reproduce the information accurately, you may not use the information in a misleading way, and you may not use the information for the purpose of advertising or promoting a product or service.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please ensure you send these within 60 days of the date of this response to either this email address or by post to the address below. 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 response, please contact me. It would be useful if you would quote the reference above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Liz Bega on behalf of
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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