Mersey Rural Leader Fund payments.

Alan Rundle made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please provide details of ALL Meresey Rural Leader Fund payments (administered by the Rural Payments Agency, an executive agency of the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

Access to Information Helpdesk,

11 February 2015

Ref: RFI 3464

 

 

Dear Mr Rundle

 

Re: Freedom of Information – Acknowledgement

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 5 February 2015 which is
being dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) 2000.

 

We normally expect to respond to requests within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this let us know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

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From: Alan Rundle [mailto:[FOI #252199 email]]
Sent: 05 February 2015 09:27
To: Helpline, Defra (CCU)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Mersey Rural Leader Fund
payments.

 

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please provide details of ALL Meresey Rural Leader Fund payments
(administered by the Rural Payments Agency, an executive agency of the
Department for

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Yours faithfully,

Alan Rundle

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Access to Information Helpdesk,

2 March 2015
Ref: RFI 3464
 
 
Dear Mr Rundle
 
Re: Freedom of Information] – Information Request
 
Thank you for your request for information dated 5 February 2015 which has
been dealt with under Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).
 
Please find below a list of all payments as requested. Please note this is
up until, 23/02/2015:
 

+------------+
| Total Paid |
|------------|
| 30397.4 |
|------------|
| 4633.2 |
|------------|
| 3607.6 |
|------------|
| 71706.4 |
|------------|
| 27646.8 |
|------------|
| 55320.56 |
|------------|
| 43314.17 |
|------------|
| 17217.89 |
|------------|
| 20287.94 |
|------------|
| 17122.57 |
|------------|
| 14472.92 |
|------------|
| 17471.98 |
|------------|
| 27182 |
|------------|
| 20058.18 |
|------------|
| 11985.75 |
|------------|
| 1089.6 |
|------------|
| 569.8 |
|------------|
| 2000 |
|------------|
| 50760 |
|------------|
| 1280.24 |
|------------|
| 19535.51 |
|------------|
| 27418.66 |
|------------|
| 17268.13 |
|------------|
| 10027 |
|------------|
| 21204.92 |
|------------|
| 67472.78 |
|------------|
| 26240.22 |
|------------|
| 16754.88 |
|------------|
| 6498.98 |
|------------|
| 6197.14 |
|------------|
| 12669.22 |
|------------|
| 24921.68 |
|------------|
| 25018.1 |
|------------|
| 2280 |
|------------|
| 16400 |
|------------|
| 4999 |
|------------|
| 2508 |
|------------|
| 8610 |
|------------|
| 7625.56 |
|------------|
| 18211.96 |
|------------|
| 9930.81 |
|------------|
| 9046.52 |
|------------|
| 27087.99 |
|------------|
| 4864.8 |
|------------|
| 12502.92 |
|------------|
| 12684.08 |
|------------|
| 8749.2 |
|------------|
| 15027.15 |
|------------|
| 64000 |
|------------|
| 15067.93 |
|------------|
| 24560.8 |
|------------|
| 14780 |
|------------|
| 10588.8 |
|------------|
| 9848 |
|------------|
| 46676.45 |
|------------|
| 1976.35 |
|------------|
| 5119.28 |
|------------|
| 3439.97 |
|------------|
| 15828.2 |
|------------|
| 11153.28 |
|------------|
| 20613.92 |
|------------|
| 5000 |
|------------|
| 3300 |
|------------|
| 4691.2 |
|------------|
| 6423.58 |
|------------|
| 3719.6 |
|------------|
| 13130.42 |
|------------|
| 11870.75 |
|------------|
| 54460.32 |
|------------|
| 40119.45 |
|------------|
| 12531 |
|------------|
| 37680.38 |
|------------|
| 23519.59 |
|------------|
| 14269 |
|------------|
| 20427.69 |
|------------|
| 9145.71 |
|------------|
| 20580.8 |
|------------|
| 10080 |
|------------|
| 10852.6 |
|------------|
| 20996.6 |
|------------|
| 29903.87 |
|------------|
| 19875.8 |
|------------|
| 15202.46 |
|------------|
| 18120 |
|------------|
| 5529.6 |
|------------|
| 3187.5 |
|------------|
| 3867.96 |
|------------|
| 24000 |
|------------|
| 23043.2 |
|------------|
| 5000 |
|------------|
| 16806.67 |
|------------|
| 37217.33 |
|------------|
| 40328 |
|------------|
| 55648 |
|------------|
| 8515 |
|------------|
| 7448 |
|------------|
| 2817 |
+------------+

 
If you are not happy with the way we have handled your request, you can
ask for an internal review. These requests should be submitted within two
months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and
should be addressed to: Access to Information, Rural Payments Agency,
North Gate House, 21-23 Valpy Street, Reading, RG1 1AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Access to Information Helpdesk
Rural Payments Agency | North Gate House | Reading | RG1 1AF
Tel: 0118 9687656 | Fax: 0118 9687250 | Email:
[1][email address]
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Access to Information Helpdesk,

2 March 2015
Ref: RFI 3464
 
 
Dear Mr Rundle
 
Re: Freedom of Information] – Information Request
 
Thank you for your request for information dated 5 February 2015 which has
been dealt with under Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).
 
Please find below a list of all payments as requested. Please note this is
up until, 23/02/2015:
 

+------------+
| Total Paid |
|------------|
| 30397.4 |
|------------|
| 4633.2 |
|------------|
| 3607.6 |
|------------|
| 71706.4 |
|------------|
| 27646.8 |
|------------|
| 55320.56 |
|------------|
| 43314.17 |
|------------|
| 17217.89 |
|------------|
| 20287.94 |
|------------|
| 17122.57 |
|------------|
| 14472.92 |
|------------|
| 17471.98 |
|------------|
| 27182 |
|------------|
| 20058.18 |
|------------|
| 11985.75 |
|------------|
| 1089.6 |
|------------|
| 569.8 |
|------------|
| 2000 |
|------------|
| 50760 |
|------------|
| 1280.24 |
|------------|
| 19535.51 |
|------------|
| 27418.66 |
|------------|
| 17268.13 |
|------------|
| 10027 |
|------------|
| 21204.92 |
|------------|
| 67472.78 |
|------------|
| 26240.22 |
|------------|
| 16754.88 |
|------------|
| 6498.98 |
|------------|
| 6197.14 |
|------------|
| 12669.22 |
|------------|
| 24921.68 |
|------------|
| 25018.1 |
|------------|
| 2280 |
|------------|
| 16400 |
|------------|
| 4999 |
|------------|
| 2508 |
|------------|
| 8610 |
|------------|
| 7625.56 |
|------------|
| 18211.96 |
|------------|
| 9930.81 |
|------------|
| 9046.52 |
|------------|
| 27087.99 |
|------------|
| 4864.8 |
|------------|
| 12502.92 |
|------------|
| 12684.08 |
|------------|
| 8749.2 |
|------------|
| 15027.15 |
|------------|
| 64000 |
|------------|
| 15067.93 |
|------------|
| 24560.8 |
|------------|
| 14780 |
|------------|
| 10588.8 |
|------------|
| 9848 |
|------------|
| 46676.45 |
|------------|
| 1976.35 |
|------------|
| 5119.28 |
|------------|
| 3439.97 |
|------------|
| 15828.2 |
|------------|
| 11153.28 |
|------------|
| 20613.92 |
|------------|
| 5000 |
|------------|
| 3300 |
|------------|
| 4691.2 |
|------------|
| 6423.58 |
|------------|
| 3719.6 |
|------------|
| 13130.42 |
|------------|
| 11870.75 |
|------------|
| 54460.32 |
|------------|
| 40119.45 |
|------------|
| 12531 |
|------------|
| 37680.38 |
|------------|
| 23519.59 |
|------------|
| 14269 |
|------------|
| 20427.69 |
|------------|
| 9145.71 |
|------------|
| 20580.8 |
|------------|
| 10080 |
|------------|
| 10852.6 |
|------------|
| 20996.6 |
|------------|
| 29903.87 |
|------------|
| 19875.8 |
|------------|
| 15202.46 |
|------------|
| 18120 |
|------------|
| 5529.6 |
|------------|
| 3187.5 |
|------------|
| 3867.96 |
|------------|
| 24000 |
|------------|
| 23043.2 |
|------------|
| 5000 |
|------------|
| 16806.67 |
|------------|
| 37217.33 |
|------------|
| 40328 |
|------------|
| 55648 |
|------------|
| 8515 |
|------------|
| 7448 |
|------------|
| 2817 |
+------------+

 
If you are not happy with the way we have handled your request, you can
ask for an internal review. These requests should be submitted within two
months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and
should be addressed to: Access to Information, Rural Payments Agency,
North Gate House, 21-23 Valpy Street, Reading, RG1 1AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Access to Information Helpdesk
Rural Payments Agency | North Gate House | Reading | RG1 1AF
Tel: 0118 9687656 | Fax: 0118 9687250 | Email:
[1][email address]
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Mersey Rural Leader Fund payments.'.

When I asked for details of Mersey Rural Leader Fund payments I expected to receive the details of the recipients/beneficiaries of the fund payments AS WELL AS specific details of the payments themselves.

PLEASE provide details of the actual payments TWINNED WITH the recipients/beneficiaries of the fund payments AND the DATE each payment was made..

PLEASE also provide details of the source of each payment (e.g. a European Union funding source) together with the purpose of each and every payment made, twinned with each beneficiary/recipient.

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,

Alan Rundle

Access to Information Helpdesk,

4 March 2015
Ref: RPA/ATI/IR/71
 
 
Dear Mr Rundle
 
Re: Internal Review – Acknowledgement and Re: Freedom of Information –
Advice and Assistance
 
Thank you for your email dated 03 March 2015.
 
We will undertake an Internal Review of RPA’s handling of your request for
information, reference RFI 3464. In accordance with the legislation we
have 40 working days in which to conduct a review.
 
The last line of your e-mail, “PLEASE also provide details of the source
of each payment (e.g. a European Union funding source) together with the
purpose of each and every payment made, twinned with each
beneficiary/recipient.” will be treated as new request as this was not
covered in your original request, reference RFI 3464. The reference for
this is 3541.
 
However, from our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be
able to answer this request without further clarification. Section 16 of
FoIA requires public authorities to provide advice and assistance to
applicants where reasonable. In this instance we require you to provide
further information to enable us to identify and locate the information
requested.
 
Therefore, please describe the exact detail of information you require for
‘the purpose of each and every payment made’. For example would an
associated measure code and a glossary of what those measure codes related
to in terms of funding type (eg tourism, training etc) be the type of
information you require? ?
 
Once we have received the above clarification for RFI 3541, we will be
able to proceed with your request and advise whether we can provide the
information. Please note that the 20 working day timescale for responding
to your request will commence from the date that we receive the
clarification.
 
If you have any queries about this let us know.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Access to Information Helpdesk
Rural Payments Agency | North Gate House | Reading | RG1 1AF
Tel: 0118 9687656 | Fax: 0118 9687250 | Email:
[1][email address]
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Alan Rundle left an annotation ()

DEFRA -

It is not clear to me that a COMPLETE list of the payments has already been provided by DEFRA in the previous list. I am aware of at least one specific payment that did not appear on the list provided.

When I asked for the details of recipients/benefactors I was NOT asking for generic groupings like"TOURISM", "RETAIL" or "HOSPITALITY".
I am requesting the names of businesses, charities, organisations or individuals that have received Mersey Rural Leader Fund payments (twinned with the exact amounts and dates of the payments).
Alan Rundle.

Access to Information Helpdesk,

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Ref: RPA/IR/15/071 (RFI 3464)
 
 
Dear Mr. Rundle,
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act – Internal Review
 
Thank you for your e-mail dated 3 March 2015, requesting that the RPA
undertake an internal review into how your request for information number
3464 was handled. In particular, you requested that the Access to
Information section (AtI) reconsidered your request and provide such
information.
 
Your original request stated – ‘Please provide details of ALL Mersey Rural
Leader Fund payments (administered by the Rural Payments Agency, an
executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs)’.
 
Items the Internal Review considered:
 

 1. The classification of your request as a Freedom of Information Act
request was correct. The information requested did not directly
concern elements of the environment, but did meet the criteria for the
Freedom of Information Act, in terms of facilitating accountability
and public debate.

 

 2. Were there any points within your request where there was a lack of
clarity. If so, this should have prompted AtI to come back to you
asking for clarification. AtI assessed your request, and at the end of
that process felt  they did not require anything further from you –
they knew what you were looking for – a list of payments. As has now
become clear, you required more detail.

 

 3. The adequacy of the response to the request. The RPA returned a list
of payments made, which you felt was neither correct nor sufficient
against your request. To that end, RPA’s AtI section came back asking
you to set-down exactly what you were looking to receive (RFI 3541).
Your response to this request has been taken into account in this
Internal Review.

 
The Internal Review has concluded that against your original request, AtI
did not provide a correct response. Therefore AtI has been directed to
release a list of payments with as much detail against each one, as will
be legally permitted, under both Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data
Protection Act 1998. Please find the list attached.
 
 
Publication of beneficiary information
New European legislation (Regulation 1306/2013) requires RPA to publish
information relating to all beneficiaries (both legal and natural persons)
on a website. This will include details of payments made from the 2014
agricultural financial year onwards (from 16/10/2013).
The following information will be published in accordance with Article 111
1306/2013:

* the first name and the surname where the beneficiary is a natural
person
* the full legal name as registered where the beneficiary is a legal
person
* the full name of the association as registered or otherwise officially
recognised where the beneficiary is an association without an own
legal personality
* the municipality where the beneficiary is resident or is registered
and, where available, the postal code or the part thereof identifying
the municipality
* the amounts of payment corresponding to each measure financed by the
Funds received by each beneficiary in the financial year concerned
* the nature and the description of the measures financed by either of
the Funds and under which the payment is awarded.

Information for beneficiaries receiving €1,250 or less will be published
in an anonymised way.
 
At present RPA are collating this data and organising it, ready for
publication on the CAP Beneficiaries website. At present this website only
holds the details of legal persons – we have given a link, as it may prove
useful:
 
[1]http://cap-payments.defra.gov.uk/
 
If you are not content with the outcome of this Internal Review, you have
the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.  The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: – Information Commissioner’s
Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Access to Information Helpdesk
Rural Payments Agency | North Gate House | Reading | RG1 1AF
Tel: 01189 687656 | Fax: 0118 9687250 | Email:
[2][email address]
 
 
 
 
 

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