Lobbying for climate action & funding

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Climate Emergency UK

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.

I would like information about your council’s lobbying work in relation to climate action for the Council Climate Action Scorecards.

In particular, please supply me with information relating to the following question:

Has the council written to or met with UK national or devolved governments to ask or lobby for climate action since 1st January 2019? Please provide some evidence of the most recent letter or meeting such as a copy of the letter or email sent, or the date, topic of meeting and position of the person that the meeting was held with.

This includes either asking for more powers and funding for local authorities to take climate action, or asking for the government to take further action themselves. This includes working with other local authorities to send joint letters or meetings to lobby UK or devolved governments, and includes both general climate action and calls for action on specific issues such as transport where climate change is mentioned as a motivating factor for taking action.

This includes if a cabinet member or other councillor has written to or met with the UK or devolved governments on behalf of the council.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Yours faithfully,
Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

Climate Emergency UK

Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Thank you for taking the time to look at the FOI/EIR request I have submitted.

This is a polite reminder that the legal deadline by which you needed to respond to the FOI/EIR request was 13th February 2023, which has now passed.

I would be very grateful if you could ensure that you respond to this request as soon as you can.

All the best,
Hannah Jewell, Climate Emergency UK

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

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Dear Hannah Jewell

Thank you for your various emails about responses to your requests being overdue.

The statutory deadline was Tuesday 14th February. However, as I was on leave on 14th and so a response was sent to you on Wednesday 15 February (Copy attached). This included an apology for the delay.

You submitted seven separate requests on the same day, and you were advised in our receipt acknowledgement (Copy attached) that all would be logged and processed as a single request (Our ref. F0009259) and that separate responses would not be sent to each of the WhatDoTheyKnow email addresses. Similarly, I will not be responding to each of your separate emails about the deadline.

In my response email I apologised for not being able to respond to all of your requests. As far as I can see you are only awaiting a response to one question (1a. Freedom of Information request - High carbon infrastructure planning). As advised, I will send a further response as soon as I hear back from our contracted highways partner.

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance. Send your comment or complaint to:

Access to Information Team Manager, Access to Information Team, Staffordshire County Council, 1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [Staffordshire County Council request email]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, or Make a complaint | ICO

David Portch

David Portch │Information Asset Officer
Access to Information Team – Corporate Services
1 Staffordshire Place
Tipping Street Stafford ST16 2DH
Email: [email address]

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