Northumbria Police PCC - a Martin McGartland request - Vera Baird (PCC) grants, funding

Martin McGartland (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

The Home Office Police and Crime Commissioners 'What partners need to know' document; https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...,

states; "The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides powers for Commissioners to award grants to any organisation or body they consider will support their community safety priorities. Commissioners will receive some consolidated grants made up of funding currently provided to a range of organization and may decide to use them on projects that support their community safety objectives. Commissioners will be free to pool funding with local partners and will have flexibility to decide how to use their resources to deliver against the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan."

Under the FOIA 2000 I am requesting all recorded information held by PCC, her office concerning all/any grants awarded and or other funding awarded , payment/s made since she took up office and up until the date this request is answered. Please note that this request relates to all/any such award/s, funding (of any kind), those made, paid or awarded by PCC (Vera Baird), her office (and staff).

As well as the above please also supply following;

1. Name/s of each organization that have received funds or which have been awarded grant/s.

2. Regards 1 above, please supply reason/s for each grant, award as well as as the amount/s paid, awarded.

3. Regards this request and also 1, 2 above. Have any grant/s or funds (for whatever reason) be paid to ASTRAEA: GENDER JUSTICE and or to any other organization connected to or associated to it. If so , please supply all recorded information concerning same.

Look forward to hearing from you

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 361314

 

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this office.

 

Your request dated 31 December 2013 was received by this department on
31^st December 2013.

 

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20
working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to
receive your decision by 24 January 2014.

 

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act,
which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than
the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will
promptly advise you in writing.

 

Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to call
the contact officer named to discuss any problems that may have arisen.

 

If you have not heard from us once the allotted time has expired, you are
automatically entitled to appeal to this department for a review of the
matter. This review is a full and new examination of the matter, and is
carried out by a more senior member of staff of this office.

 

In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by
writing to Richard Hall of this department at the details given below. You
should state that you are appealing because an initial decision was not
sent to you within the time permitted. In that event, you would normally
have 40 days (after the original decision should have been sent to you) in
which time to make the appeal.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Richard

 

 

Richard Hall

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

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Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

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Tyne and Wear

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Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

 

RE FOI request 361315 – Correction

 

Please accept my profound apologies for supplying you with the incorrect
date for a response to your FOI request. The date it is due is not the
24^th of January but is in fact the 29 January 2014.

 

Once again please accept my apologies for my error.

 

Regards

Richard

 

Richard Hall

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

Victory House

Balliol Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE12 8EW

 

T: (0191) 221 9813

E: [1][email address]  

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  Half of the money recovered [6]cid:_2_056E3900056E35180058141C80257BEA
from criminals and seized by
Northumbria police gets taken
by the Treasury. We want ALL
the money recovered to be
invested back into our
communities.
[5]Follow this link to sign
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Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Our reference 361314

 

Provision of Information held by Northumbria Police under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the" Act")

With regard to your email in which you make a request for information that
the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

I regret that Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will not be able
to complete its response to you by the date originally stated. We are
still researching the information held and considering whether any
exemptions under the Act may apply.

I can now advise you that the new date for the provision of the
information is 26 February 2014. I can assure that every effort will be
made to ensure that a response will be provided to you within this new
timescale.

Yours sincerely

 

Richard

 

Richard Hall

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Victory House, Balliol Business Park, Benton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear, NE12 8EW

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Dear Richard,

You say in your reply that; "I regret that Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will not be able
to complete its response to you by the date originally stated. We are still researching the information held and considering whether any exemptions under the Act may apply." However, you, your office (and Vera Baird QC) are very well aware trhat such requests, including any 'researching' should be carried-out within the 20 working day time limit. I am now requesting that you, your office deal with the request, by law, within the 20 working day limit. If not, I can confirm that I will be making a complaint to your office and also to the ICO. I do hope this will not be necessary.

I do become suspicious when there are deliberate delays with requests for information that concerning spending of public funds. Vera Baird QC, PCC must account to the public for such monies whether she likes it or not.

I await your reply to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

My secondment with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for
Northumbria has now ended.

 

Queries should be sent to Ruth Durham at:

[email address]

 

For Freedom of Information queries please contact Kevin Payne at:

[email address]

 

 

Regards

Richard

Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Dear Ruth Durham,

In a reply from your office I was told that; "I regret that Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will not be able to complete its response to you by the date originally stated. We are still researching the information held and considering whether any exemptions under the Act may apply." However, you, your office (and Vera Baird QC) are very well aware that such requests, including any 'researching' should be carried-out within the 20 working day time limit. I am now requesting that you, your office deal with the request, by law, within the 20 working day limit. If not, I can confirm that I will be making a complaint to your office and also to the ICO. I do hope this will not be necessary.

I do become suspicious when there are deliberate delays with requests for information that concerning spending of public funds. Vera Baird QC, PCC must account to the public for such monies
whether she likes it or not.

I await your reply to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 361314

 

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this office.

 

Your request dated 31 December 2013 was received by this department on
31^st December 2013.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority, subject to certain
limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Under the FOIA 2000 I am requesting all recorded information held by PCC,
her office concerning all/any grants awarded and or other funding awarded
, payment/s made since she took up office and up until the date this
request is answered.  Please note that this request relates to all/any
such award/s, funding (of any kind), those made, paid or awarded by PCC
(Vera Baird), her office (and staff).

As well as the above please also supply following;

1.  Name/s of each organization that have received funds or which have
been awarded grant/s.

2.  Regards 1 above, please supply reason/s for each grant, award as well
as as the amount/s paid, awarded.

3.  Regards this request and also 1, 2 above. Have any grant/s or funds
(for whatever reason) be paid to ASTRAEA: GENDER JUSTICE and or to any
other organization connected to or associated to it. If so , please supply
all recorded information concerning same.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

1. & 2.  As the information you have requested is accessible by other
means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely
on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should
therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt
information.

This information has been published on our website and is therefore freely
available. I have provided the relevant link below

[1]http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/plans/...
 
3. No recorded information.
 
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police  & Crime
Commissioner routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The
aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by
voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner  in response to
requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Disclosure Log will be updated quarterly.

I have provided the relevant link below.

[2]http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police  & Crime Commissioner .  Your use of
the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs
and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.
 In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial
purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure which is attached.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Business Administration Apprentice

Office of Mrs Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Victory House

Balliol Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE12 8EW

 

T: (0191) 221 9815

E: [3][email address]  

W:  [4]www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 

 

Follow us on: [5]Twitter@northumbriapcc

Like us at: [6]facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 

 

  Half of the money recovered from criminals and seized by [8]pccemaillogo
Northumbria police gets taken by the Treasury. We want
ALL the money recovered to be invested back into our
communities.
[7]Follow this link to sign the petition.

 

 

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Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Kevin Payne would like to recall the message, "FOI Northumbria PCC ref 361314".

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 361314

 

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this office.

 

Your request dated 31 December 2013 was received by this department on
31^st December 2013.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority, subject to certain
limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Under the FOIA 2000 I am requesting all recorded information held by PCC,
her office concerning all/any grants awarded and or other funding awarded
, payment/s made since she took up office and up until the date this
request is answered.  Please note that this request relates to all/any
such award/s, funding (of any kind), those made, paid or awarded by PCC
(Vera Baird), her office (and staff).

As well as the above please also supply following;

1.  Name/s of each organization that have received funds or which have
been awarded grant/s.

2.  Regards 1 above, please supply reason/s for each grant, award as well
as as the amount/s paid, awarded.

3.  Regards this request and also 1, 2 above. Have any grant/s or funds
(for whatever reason) be paid to ASTRAEA: GENDER JUSTICE and or to any
other organization connected to or associated to it. If so , please supply
all recorded information concerning same.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

1. & 2.  As the information you have requested is accessible by other
means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely
on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should
therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt
information.

This information has been published on our website and is therefore freely
available. I have provided the relevant link below

[1]http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/plans/...
 
3. No recorded information.
 
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police  & Crime
Commissioner routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The
aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by
voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner  in response to
requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Disclosure Log will be updated quarterly.

I have provided the relevant link below.

[2]http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police  & Crime Commissioner .  Your use of
the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs
and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.
 In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial
purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure which is attached.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Business Administration Apprentice

Office of Mrs Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Victory House

Balliol Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE12 8EW

 

T: (0191) 221 9815

E: [3][email address]  

W:  [4]www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 

 

Follow us on: [5]Twitter@northumbriapcc

Like us at: [6]facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 

 

  Half of the money recovered from criminals and seized by [8]pccemaillogo
Northumbria police gets taken by the Treasury. We want
ALL the money recovered to be invested back into our
communities.
[7]Follow this link to sign the petition.

 

 

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