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NESBReC - Escort Agency - Aberdeenshire Council

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Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,

Hi

I'd like to follow up previous requests relating to funding for NESBReC - that's the outfit run by Aberdeenshire Council that you 'mistakenly' put in the organisation name when it comes to funding applications. I'm just curious if you're still funding them - if so, can you provide the funding details, application, and anything else related to the application for the past 5 years.

This is the lot that covered up the use of at least 4 separate escort agency websites and as far as I'm aware they still do. Thing is, because they cover it up they can't be trusted to tell you the truth - because guess what, they'll cover it up.

Yours faithfully,

Iain Lawrie

Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 4 December.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Mr Lawrie

Thank you for your information request. I’ve attached our response.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question about our response or any problems with the attached documents.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear FOI,

Hi

Not sure I fully understand the irrecoverable VAT and why there are costs there particularly as I note that there's no VAT number disclosed which appears to be highly irregular even for the likes of Aberdeenshire Council. Could you possibly explain in more detail what that's all about? Of course, if that's not part of an FoI request, then please just treat it as a complaint.

As a separate request could you also look at all communications between SNH and NESBReC/Aberdeenshire Council (or whatever you call them) relating to VAT

Yours sincerely,

Iain Lawrie

Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 10 January.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. I've attached our response letter.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our response or any problems with the attached document.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response - further clarification would be helpful given that you've stated

"As a recurring recipient of funding, we do not require confirmation of the VAT Registration
number. Our standard terms and conditions of grant require a recipient of funding to inform
us of any change in VAT status."

What is the current status of NESBReC in relation to VAT given that you imply you have base data for comparison to determine if there has been a change - has NESBReC declared on any grant application that they are VAT registered due to being part of the council?

How do you define a recurring recipient - surely they must have to apply like everyone else and so each application would be unknown as to the outcome - in other words how do you know beforehand that the grant is successful, which would have to be the case to show true recurrence.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Lawrie

Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 8 February.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. I've attached our response letter.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about out response or any problems with the attached document.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear FOI,

You have responded with a rather confusing answer - perhaps you can supply me with the appropriate information that you refer to in your response in order to be more helpful

Your response states

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Our financial records confirm that NESBREC is VAT registered. We have not found
any further grant application in which NESBREC has declared their VAT status. We
note earlier correspondence (18 September 2015) which stated:

“The VAT number we currently use for NESBReC is the same as the VAT number we
used for the previous grants, and was provided by Aberdeenshire Council. The VAT
number has not changed over the past 5 years.”
We confirm that the VAT number remains the same
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It would certainly be helpful if you can supply the document that Aberdeenshire Council provided you with? And also any other documentation that clearly shows Aberdeenshire Council have disclosed their VAT number in relation to NESBReC - at the minute I see nothing to suggest that they have, simply because despite my repeated requests you've not actually shown any documentation to confirm this.

Also you refer to financial records that confirm this - can you give me a copy of the financial records that you refer to please, showing and explaining clearly how these records present the confirmation that you speak of. It would also be helpful if this confirmation shows that this has been from the very first grant application for NESBReC, back in around 2000 - to help clear this up it would also be useful if you could supply me with a copy of the initial grant application made by Aberdeenshire Council for funding the NESBReC project.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Lawrie

Dear Mr Lawrie,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 8 March.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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