Liverpool Big Society vanguard

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

In a speech on 19th July 2010, the Prime Minister said that Liverpool was one of four Big Society "vanguard" areas organised by the Department.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/communitie...

Could you send me any documents about the Liverpool Big Society vanguard. In particular I would like to know:

* What innovative local projects have come forward which embrace Big Society principles.

* What barriers DCLG is helping them bust, and what progress has been made in busting them.

If there is an existing public resource about this, I would be grateful if you could point me to it. e.g. Perhaps the civil servants in DCLG already blog in public regularly about the project, in order that the vanguard will be able to inspire others.

Yours faithfully,

Francis Irving

Jonathan Landau,

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6 October 2010

Our Reference: F0004138

Dear Mr Irving

Thank you for your email of 4th October 2010 requesting documents about
the Liverpool Big Society vanguard. Your request was received by
Communities and Local Government on 4th October 2010.

I am considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You should expect to receive a reply by 1st November 2010.

In some circumstances a fee may be chargeable. If that is the case, I will
let you know the likely charges before proceeding.

If you have any queries regarding this letter, please contact me. Remember
to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

I am enclosing with this letter a copy of our Access to Information
leaflet which explains how the Department handles formal requests for
information. I hope you will find it useful.

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Yours sincerely
Jonathan Landau
Faith Communities Engagement Team
Cohesion and Faiths
Communities and Local Government
Eland House - Zone J9, 7th Floor

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Fiona McElroy,

Dear Mr Irving

I am writing in response to your request of 5 October 2010 for information
about Liverpool Big Society vanguard. This Department does hold some of
the information you are seeking and we are dealing with your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly and in any event no
later than 20 working days after receiving your request. However, when a
qualified exemption applies to the information and the public interest
test needs to be considered, we are permitted to extend the time for
response by a reasonable period. We do, of course, aim to make all
decisions within 20 working days, including in cases where we need to
consider where the public interest lies in respect of a request for exempt
information. Your request, however, raises complex public interest
considerations which must be analysed before we can come to a decision on
releasing the information.

The specific qualified exemption we are considering in relation to your
request is section 43: commercial issues. In your case we need to extend
our response time limit by 20 working days to give us time to assess
whether the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the
public interest in disclosing it. Therefore, we plan to let you have a
response by 29 November 2010. If there is a need for any further
extension of time we will keep you informed.

Communities and Local Government as an organisation aims to be as helpful
as possible in the way it deals with requests for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004. If, however, you are not satisfied with the way in which
your request has been handled or the outcome, you may request an internal
review within two calendar months of the date of this letter.

Information about the Department's review procedures and how to apply for
an internal review of your case is contained on the Department's website
at [1]http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/....
This also explains your right to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision in the event that you remain dissatisfied
following the Department's review.

Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted this
Department's Internal Review procedure. The Information Commissioner`s
address and contact details are set out in the link above.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona McElroy

Fiona McElroy || Communities and Local Government | 030 3444 1359

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Fiona McElroy,

Our Reference: F0004138

Dear Mr Irving

I am writing in response to your request of 4 October for information
about Liverpool Big Society vanguard. This Department does hold some of
the information you are seeking and we are dealing with your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any event
no later than 20 working days after receiving your request. However, when
a qualified exemption applies to the information and the public interest
test needs to be considered, we are permitted to extend the time for
response by a reasonable period. We do, of course, aim to make all
decisions within 20 working days, including in cases where we need to
consider where the public interest lies in respect of a request for exempt
information. Your request, however, raises complex public interest
considerations which must be analysed before we can come to a decision on
releasing the information.

The specific qualified exemption we are considering in relation to your
request is section 35 - formation of government policy. In your case we
need to extend our response time limit by 20 working days to give us time
to assess whether the public interest in withholding the information
outweighs the public interest in disclosing it. Therefore, we plan to let
you have a response by 29 December. If there is a need for any further
extension of time we will keep you informed.

Communities and Local Government as an organisation aims to be as helpful
as possible in the way it deals with requests for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004. If, however, you are not satisfied with the way in which
your request has been handled or the outcome, you may request an internal
review within two calendar months of the date of this letter. Information
about the Department's review procedures and how to apply for an internal
review of your case is contained at
[1]http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/....
This also explains your right to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision in the event that you remain dissatisfied
following the Department's review.

Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted this
Department's Internal Review procedure. The Information Commissioner`s
address and contact details are set out in the above leaflet.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
I would like to apologise for the late return of this notice which was
compounded by staff absence due to poor weather and annual leave. I trust
we will be in a position to respond in the very near future.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona McElroy

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David Nicholson,

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Dear Mr Irving,

I have been asked to re-send to you the email below, which comprises the
response to your request about Liverpool Big Society vanguard.

Yours sincerely,

David Nicholson
030344 42513

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