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Meetings and emails between Abu Dhabi United Group and MCC

Ben Cowdock made this Freedom of Information request to Manchester City Council

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Please acknowledge my request is being considered and disclose the following information:
1) Minutes of meetings with the professional representatives of “Abu Dhabi United Group” and “Loom Holdings” in the period between 01/01/2013 – 01/01/2015 attended by any of the following persons: the former Council Chief Executive Howard Bernstein, the current Council Chief Executive Richard Leese.
2) Emails to/from professional representatives of “Abu Dhabi United Group” and “Loom Holdings” (including CC'ed in correspondence) in the period between 01/01/2013 – 01/01/2015 in email accounts belonging to any of the following persons: the former Council Chief Executive Howard Bernstein, the current Council Chief Executive Richard Leese. Where an email has been identified please disclose the full thread for context. Please search draft and deleted email folders.
3) Please also provide a copy of the report which sets out the financial arrangements between Manchester City Council and “Abu Dhabi United Group” for the “Manchester Life” joint venture.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Cowdock

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowdock
Re: Request for Information - Reference No: STR/AW8KKW
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City
Council on 22nd February 2018.
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days (22nd March 2018) or
the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.   
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will
be notified and kept informed. 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 
Yours sincerely
Cath Cryer
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][Manchester City Council request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Information Compliance,

A response on this was due by the 22nd March, can you please advise as to when I can expect the information I requested?

Yours sincerely,

Ben Cowdock

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowduck

I can confirm that the Council are still processing your request.

As your request involves going through and and trying to obtain emails
from our system this is taking longer than expected.

I am not able to provide you with a timescale at the moment but we
will provide a response as soon as possible.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

Email: [Manchester City Council request email]
Website: www.manchester.gov.uk

On 3 April 2018 at 11:05, Ben Cowdock
<[FOI #466589 email]> wrote:

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Dear Information Compliance,

A response on this was due by the 22nd March, can you please advise as to when I can expect the information requested?

Yours sincerely,

Ben Cowdock

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowduck
I have spoken to the Department dealing with your request and they hope to
have a reply out to you no later than next Tuesday which is 1 May 2018.
I apologise for the delay in you receiving this information.
Yours sincerely

Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

Email: [Manchester City Council request email]
Website: [1]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Manchester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Meetings and emails between Abu Dhabi United Group and MCC'.

I originally submitted an FOI request on 22nd February and have yet to receive a satisfactory response.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Ben Cowdock

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowdock
Re: Request for Information - Internal Review - Reference
No: SOL/AW8KKW-IR
Thank you for your email dated 8th May 2018  regarding the Council's
handling of your request for information.
Your email will be treated as a request for internal review of that
original decision and will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s
Access to Information Complaint Procedure.  The procedure is available on
the Council’s web site at    
[1]http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d...
Please note your request will be handled as speedily as possible and a
response should be issued no later than 6th June 2018. 
Yours sincerely
Cath Cryer
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [2][Manchester City Council request email]
Website:  [3]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

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​Dear Mr Cowdock
Please find attached a response to your request for information.

Yours sincerely
Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][Manchester City Council request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Dear Manchester City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Manchester City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Meetings and emails between Abu Dhabi United Group and MCC'.

I would like to reiterate my desire for this to be reviewed internally and reject the assertion my request is "manifestly unreasonable". The request is clearly in the public interest as it directly relates to correspondence and decisions made in a deal worth £1 billion and relating to tens of thousands of future homes in Manchester. In addition to this there have been no minutes made available by the council relating to meetings between officials and private bodies in the relation to this deal, which adds further weight to the argument that providing this information is in the public interest.

When balanced against the estimate of "three days work" of a single council official's time this appears more than proportionate given the level of public interest there is in this matter. Issues arising around data sensitivity can be easily addressed through redacting relevant information as is done by a number of other public bodies when responding to requests such as this.

I would like my original request for internal review to be taken into account to ensure this is carried out as soon as possible.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours faithfully,

Ben Cowdock

Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowdock
Re: Request for Information - Internal Review - Reference No:
SOL/AW8KKW-IR
Thank you for your email dated 5th June 2018 regarding the Council's
response to your request for information.
Your email will be treated as a request for internal review of that
original decision and will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s
Access to Information Complaint Procedure.  The procedure is available on
the Council’s web site at    
[1]http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d...
Please note your request will be handled as speedily as possible and a
response should be issued no later than 3rd July 2018.
Yours sincerely
Cath Cryer
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [2][Manchester City Council request email]
Website:  [3]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Information Compliance, Manchester City Council

Dear Mr Cowdock
A response to your Internal Review is due tomorrow but the Council will
need more time to look at the decision and to respond to you.
The Council hope to respond to you no later than 31 July 2018.
I apologise for this delay in responding to your request.
Yours sincerely
Cieran Cassidy
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA
Email:  [1][Manchester City Council request email]
Website:  [2]www.manchester.gov.uk

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Jacqui Dennis, Manchester City Council

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Dear Mr Cowdock
Please see attached response to the above.
Yours sincerely
Jacqui
Jacqui Dennis 
Deputy City Solicitor
Legal Services
T: 0161 801 33053 (internal)
    0161 234 3053 (external)
M:  07970 486644
F:  0161 234 3742
E: [1][email address]
Post: Manchester City Council
Legal Services, PO Box 532
Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA
DX: Manchester City Council
Legal Services, DX 714441 OPENSHAW, Manchester
Providing legal services to Manchester City Council and Salford City
Council
This communication contains information which is confidential and may also
be privileged.  It may not be disclosed to the Local Government Ombudsman
or any other person without legal advice.  It is for the exclusive use of
the intended recipient(s).   If you are not the intended recipient(s)
please do not read, print, re-transmit, store or act in reliance on it or
any attachments.  If you have received this communication in error please
notify us by e-mail or by telephone and then permanently delete the e-mail
and any copies of it.

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