Liverpool City Council Finance peer review

Francis Irving made this Freedom of Information request to Improvement and Development Agency for local government

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Francis Irving

Dear Improvement and Development Agency,

Please send me the "Finance peer review" of Liverpool City Council, that IDeA produced in April 2008.

The report was made by a team of peers, recruited and supported by IDeA, as part of the finance strand of Liverpool City Council's independently chaired Strategic Improvement and Innovation Group.

Yours faithfully,

Francis Irving

Local Government Group left an annotation ()

Please note, we cannot locate the original email that was sent with this request. I've tried to respond using the links at the bottom of this page, but this website will not allow non @idea.gov.uk emails to respond (Local Government Improvement and Development no longer have @idea.gov.uk email addresses)! Therefore I have to respond using the annotation option.

Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on Thursday 29 July 2010. We will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 20 working days.

We will process your request in due course, but should you need to query anything further, please email the LG Group quoting Case ENQ-154242-F531

Sent request to Improvement and Development Agency for local government again, using a new contact address.

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Thanks for leaving a reply by annotation!

I've changed the contact email address from ihelp@idea.gov.uk to info@local.gov.uk and resent the request.

I'm a bit confused now about the relationship between http://www.idea.gov.uk and http://www.local.gov.uk/ - are they separate organisations?

Dear Improvement and Development Agency for local government,

I'm still waiting for a response to my FOI request which you have acknowledge with your reference Case ENQ-154242-F531.

Have you had more difficulties responding to the request, or have you had a delay in finding the information?

Yours faithfully,

Francis Irving

Improvement and Development Agency for local government

Dear Mr Irving

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on 6 August 2010. We apologise for the
delay in responding to you. Please note that Local Government
Improvement and Development (formerly the Improvement and Development
Agency) is not covered by the provisions of the Act, but we always try
to deal with such requests within the spirit of the legislation.

We have considered your request for the "Finance peer review" of
Liverpool City Council that the IDeA produced in April 2008.

I can advise that your request has been actively considered, but
unfortunately we are unable to release the requested information to you.
The decision not to release was taken with reference to the section 41
exemption under the Act (information provided in confidence). We believe
that the information provided in connection with the Liverpool City
Council report and contained in the report was provided in confidence,
and therefore falls within this exemption. Section 41 is an absolute
exemption which means that if we consider that the exemption applies, no
further test need be applied and the information does not have to be
disclosed.

I regret that we are unable to accommodate your request on this
occasion.

Obviously you are at liberty to contact Liverpool City Council directly.

I am sorry we cannot help you further.

LGconnect

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Dear Improvement and Development Agency for local government,

Thank you for your response to my FOI request, your reference ENQ-154242-F531.

It is much appreciated that, as a Government Minister said in Parliament on 2nd June 2008, IDeA comply with FOI requests as if you were subject to the FOI Act.

The report in question contains much information which was gathered from the public record. e.g. Paragraph 16 on page 3 of the document concerns public accounts of Liverpool's budget. Since it is already public information, it cannot have been provided in confidence.

Could you please disclose the report, with the information provided by Liverpool in confidence removed from it.

Yours faithfully,

Francis Irving

Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

Out of interest, why not just ask Liverpool City Council for this?

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

No particular reason - I just knew that IDeA wrote the document, so thought it made most sense to ask them.