Number & Names of Projects under the umbrella term of 'Regenerating Tottenham'.

Catherine MacArthur made this Freedom of Information request to Haringey Borough Council

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Catherine MacArthur

Dear Haringey Borough Council,

1) Could you; a) list and b) name all the 'Teams' or 'Projects' Haringey, or any 'Consultants' or other bodies that have been commissioned to 'Report' in one way or another on the Riots under the umbrella term of 'Regenerating Tottenham' since mid Aug 2011.

2) Could you give a list of publications each has published with publication dates and links to e-copies of their documents.

3) Could you give a link for each group formed, to the Agendas and the Minutes from their first meeting through to their most recent.

4) Have any of the people involved in these teams declared a 'Conflict of Interest' regarding any aspect of their appointment to these teams.

5) Can you give the cost of each team's output so far - including their expenses, publishing costs, rental coasts of meeting rooms refreshments etc. (a fair approximation would suffice).

Yours faithfully,

Catherine MacArthur

Delroy Hudson left an annotation ()

Fantastic questions Catherine. Let us hope they answer!

Shah Varsha, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms MacArthur

Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations Request: Reference LBH/1220012

I acknowledge your request for information received on 29 October 2012.
This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations and we will send the response by 26 November 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 020 8489 2550 or [email address].

Yours sincerely

Varsha Shah
Feedback Response Officer
Feedback & Information Governance | 020 8489 2550

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Catherine MacArthur left an annotation ()

Thank you Delroy.

Catherine MacArthur left an annotation ()

It's been on my mind for ages ...

Dalzell Kate, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms MacArthur
 
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request ref: LBH/1220012
 
Thank you for your request for information, received on 29 October in
which you asked for information about bodies reporting on the August 2011
Riots associated with regenerating Tottenham.  Please find below responses
to your five queries.
 
1) Could you; a) list and b) name all the 'Teams' or 'Projects'  Haringey,
or any 'Consultants' or other bodies that have been commissioned to
'Report' in one way or another on the Riots under the umbrella term of
'Regenerating Tottenham' since mid Aug 2011.
 
Following the riots in August 2011 the council’s Leader, Cllr Claire
Kober, invited a group of local community leaders to form an independent
panel, the Tottenham Community Panel, to look at how to rebuild and
improve Tottenham following the riots.
 
The Panel gathered feedback and input in three ways to hear a wide range
of views:

* The Young Foundation was commissioned to run a series of structured
deliberative workshops and interviews with a range of local people and
stakeholder groups. These included students, residents, the public
sector, local traders, and the voluntary and community sector.
* The Panel gathered together community feedback provided at other
meetings and forums organised by the community and voluntary sector
and by local public sector organisations like the Council, Homes for
Haringey and the Community and Police Consultative Group.
* A call for evidence was issued to individuals and organisations in the
borough, inviting people to submit their views.

 
2) Could you give a list of publications each has published with
publication dates and links to e-copies of their documents.
 
The Tottenham Community Panel published a report setting out its
recommendations in February 2011. The report After the riots: Taking
Tottenham Forward was launched at an event at Tottenham Hotspur Football
Stadium on 24 February 2011.  A PDF version is available online and can be
downloaded from  [1]http://www.haringey.gov.uk/communitypane...
 
The report setting out the findings of the research commissioned from the
Young Foundation is also publicly available on the internet, as part of
the evidence base for the Panel’s report.  A PDF of the report can be
downloaded from
[2]http://www.haringey.gov.uk/communitypane...
 
In August 2012 the Tottenham Community Panel issued a report setting out
its views on the progress that has been made in taking forward its
recommendations since the August 2011 riots. The report identifies where
the Panel consider that progress has been made, and where they suggest
further effort is needed. A PDF of the report can be downloaded from
[3]http://www.haringey.gov.uk/communitypane...
 
3) Could you give a link for each group formed, to the Agendas and the
Minutes from their first meeting through to their most recent.
 
The details of the Tottenham Community Panel’s meetings are available
online at [4]http://www.haringey.gov.uk/communitypane...
 
4) Have any of the people involved in these teams declared a 'Conflict of
Interest' regarding any aspect of their appointment to these teams.
 
The Tottenham Community Panel is an independent group of local community
members. The Panel did not make it a requirement that members of the group
declare any Conflicts of Interest regarding their work.
 
5) Can you give the cost of each team's output so far – including their
expenses, publishing costs, rental coasts of meeting rooms refreshments
etc. (a fair approximation would suffice).
 
Costs incurred by the Tottenham Community Panel paid by the Council are as
set out below:
 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Item | Cost | Details |
|-----------------------------+-----------+------------------------------|
| Room hire for Tottenham | £463 |   |
| Community Panel meetings | | |
|-----------------------------+-----------+------------------------------|
| Research commissioned from | | This cost includes |
| the Young Foundation Report | £21,062 | associated expenses e.g. |
| | | room bookings for workshops |
|-----------------------------+-----------+------------------------------|
| Panel report design, print | | This cost includes some |
| and launch costs | £3,475.70 | print materials associated |
| | | with the launch event |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 
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with your request and wish to make a complaint, please contact the
Feedback and Information Team as below. (Please note you should do this
within two months of receiving this response.)   
 
Feedback and Information Team
River Park House
225 High Road
N22 8HQ
Telephone: 020 8489 2550
Email: [5][email address]
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Kate Dalzell
 
Head of Director's Office - Place and Sustainability
 
London Borough of Haringey
River Park House, 225 High Road, N22 8HQ
T. 020 8489 4502
[6][email address]
 
 

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Alan Stanton left an annotation ()

In case you didn't spot this, an important body they left out of this information was the Tottenham Taskforce.

Andrew Smith made an F.o.I. on this: 7 August 2012.
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/to...

As you will see, Mr Smith was given a list of the members of the Task Force, the dates it met from 8 December 2011 to 29 June 2012, and the agendas and minutes. His request for correspondence was refused on cost grounds.

Alan Stanton
Tottenham Hale ward councillor

Catherine MacArthur

Dear Haringey Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Haringey Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Number & Names of Projects under the umbrella term of 'Regenerating Tottenham'.'.

Question 1)
I requested that you list and name all the reports that have been written since the unrest/riots in Aug 2011. I do not believe that you have answered my request in full. There have been more than two reports written.

In My QUESTION 1) I wanted a List of the Projects and 2) the names of the people in each team. You have not answered this.
You have mentioned two reports. (A) You have named Claire Kober and added '... invited a group of local community leaders'. This is not a list.
I would like the names of these people.
(B) You mention 'The Young Foundation' where you talk about community feedback. Again you have not listed the people on this panel. Please list these

There were many more reports written - and I would therefore like a comprehensive list of them all from Haringey, together with the names of all the people involved in writing them, as requested in my question.

An example of one of the missing reports is that of 'The Tottenham Task Force' and in the FOI reply that Haringey has given to Mr Andrew Smith, you mention that there were 14 members which are listed. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/to....

I am asking for the same things - but for ALL the reports written.

In My QUESTION 2) I requested a List. Again, you have only listed two reports. There have been many more... Can ALL of them be identified and each of them placed on Haringey's website.

In My QUESTION 3) I requested the Agendas and the Minutes. There appears to be no Agenda for these meetings, nor thorough minutes written. Is this correct?

In My QUESTION 4) Answered

In My QUESTION 5) Answered although costs for only two reports have been costed

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

I do not believe that I should have to request this information through Freedom of Information. I think this information should be on Haringey's website as a matter of routine, because it is in the realm of being in the Public Interest.
As a Council Tax Payer, I expect all the information from all the groups formed as a result of the unrest, to be updated to Haringey's Website together with Agendas and Minutes - with little delay.

Yours faithfully,

Catherine MacArthur

Pietikainen Sirkku, Haringey Borough Council

Dear Ms MacArthur,

 

Your Freedom of Information  complaint ref: LBH/1519113

 

Thank you for your email received on 5 February 2013. 

 

I will now investigate your complaint. Our team is independent of the
Place & Sustainability Department. I will talk to the people involved and
obtain all of the relevant information.

 

I aim to let you know the outcome of our investigation by 5 March 2013. 
If I need longer, I will write to let you know the reason and when you can
expect a full reply.

 

If you would like to discuss your complaint, by phone or at a meeting,
please let me know. Otherwise, I will contact you as appropriate.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Ms Sirkku Pietikäinen | Feedback Review Officer | Haringey Council  |
Feedback & Information Governance Team | 020 8489 2552

 

 

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Pietikainen Sirkku, Haringey Borough Council

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Dear Ms MacArthur,

 

Please see attached the response to the Internal Review of your FOI
request (reference: LBH/1220012)

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sirkku Pietikainen

Feedback Review Officer

 

 

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Catherine MacArthur

Dear Pietikainen Sirkku,

Thank you for your reply.
I am surprised that you say; 'We are not obliged to create records simply because an FOI request has been received. The Act does not give people a right to be given answers to questions that they would like to put to a local authority.'

However, the bill itself says - quote;
'(1)Any person making a request for information to a public authority is entitled—
(a)to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds information of the description specified in the request, and
(b)if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.' I may be misinformed and misreading, but anyway, this isn't the point of my reply.

You also state in your reply that;
'The majority of the information that you have requested is currently publicly available on the web. You requested that all reports on the riots be placed on Haringey’s website. The website is a Council website and therefore we generally only publish reports the Council has been directly involved in on there. However all of these reports are in the public domain and are available online at the links above.'

I understand your point about the reports on the Haringey website being only those commissioned by Haringey. However, in the circumstances of the gravity of the event - I would have expected Haringey to take a lead to place a long lasting formal public platform to inform all the residents of Tottenham (and the rest of Haringey) of the interest generated by a wide range of public bodies and individuals, who thought it important enough to publish their reports, their findings and in some cases, to include their some very sensible recommendations.
I believe this would have ensured that the recommendations on many of those reports were readily available to all interested Communities in Tottenham as well as Officers and Councillors for easy reference. This would have helped to keep their 'road map' and 'Actions', focused and relevant to the needs of the whole community.

Thank you again for your reply which is greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine MacArthur

Alan Stanton left an annotation ()

Catherine, if you haven't yet seen it, you find it helpful to look at the Guidance note from the Information Commissioner's Office here:
http://bit.ly/s0bUE5 and in particular the issues about determining whether or not information is held and extracting and compiling information to meet a request.
http://bit.ly/TbvvAD

The broader issue you raise seems to me an important one. With an event as significant as the Tottenham Riot it makes very good sense to have a publicly accessible "library" or repository of data and documents which council staff have already generated.

They produced such background papers for the so-called Community Panel. http://bit.ly/ZmfRHG

Robert Lindsay-Smith left an annotation ()

The expenses involved in setting up the Tottenham Community Panel should surely also include the sums of up to £3,000 for a high-speed broadband connection, offered to each business signing up:

www.haringey.gov.uk/community-and-leisur...

Robert Lindsay-Smith left an annotation ()

My mistake - the broadband scheme is funded by the Government, not the Council.