Lost income claim £1/2 million

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Dear Dorset Police,

Please note that this is not a repeat request and therefore due to Freedom of Information rules cannot be rejected on the basis that it is vexatious. Also please note that any letters written to me many years ago do not comply with the current Freedom of Information rules and cannot therefore be given as reason for refusal.

According to this report:
https://moderngov.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/d...

"R1. The Covid 19 Pandemic has significantly impacted on the receipts
from the Driver Awareness Scheme and other income streams. A lost
income claim of over £500,000 has been made for April to July"

1. Please could you detail the main individual costs within this £500,000. In particular, how much of it was to replace Driver Awareness Course income?

2. Was this intended to cover only the unavoidable committed costs, or was it intended to cover also the surplus that would have resulted?

Yours faithfully,

Ian Belchamber

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Dear Mr Belchamber

Please find attached the response to your above numbered Freedom of
Information Request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

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[2]Text Description automatically generated with low confidence      Steve
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      Freedom of Information Officer

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Alliance Information Management Department

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Dear .Freedom of Information,
Entirely predictable of course,

"In our letter dated 15th September 2020 we confirmed that any requests from yourself relating to roads policing would be deemed vexatious under Section 14 of the FOI Act. This was upheld by Internal Review dated 13th November 2020 We are aware that you have submitted a Section 50 complaint to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) challenging our use of Section 14. Whilst we await the decision from the ICO, Dorset Police will continue to consider requests from you on roads policing as vexatious."

And so is my reply, you are yet again abusing the FOI process to protect activities of the police against the public interest:

If any thought went into this loss of income claim, there will be no burden in reproducing it, other than the consequences of Dorset Police using courses to make money while the OPCC attempts to hide this by claiming in a formal complaint response that there is no income (i.e. lying). But this is entirely the purpose of FOI, to make public organisation transparent and accountable, and for problems to be brought to light.

So, yet another coverup, and abuse of the FOI process. I therefore request that you process this under internal review, also:

"12. It is important to remember that section 14(1) can only be
applied to the request itself, and not the individual who submits
it. An authority cannot, therefore, refuse a request on the
grounds that the requester himself is vexatious. Similarly, an
authority cannot simply refuse a new request solely on the
basis that it has classified previous requests from the same
individual as vexatious."

28. For example, an individual who submits frequent requests may
only be doing this in order to obtain further clarification
because the public authority’s previous responses have been
unclear or ambiguous.

29. Similarly, if the requester has used an accusatory tone, but his
request has a serious purpose and raises a matter of
substantial public interest, then it will be more difficult to argue
a case that the request is vexatious.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Belchamber

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Please note that we are experiencing high volumes of requests and staff
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working on all current and outstanding requests and will get a response to
you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that when we receive
enquiries regarding late requests, responding to these enquiries can cause
further delay and can hinder the Team from restoring compliance with the
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