Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Please could you provide me with the following(if known):

- Postcodes of areas/properties that are off the gas network. These properties will be of solid wall construction meaning no cavity.

- If this information is not kept by yourselves, is there a department within the Council/Government I can obtain this information from?

This information is to offer free energy saving measures under various energy company schemes. Thus potential saving people 20-50% on their energy bills completely free of charge.

Thanks in advance

Yours faithfully,

John
07917 042447

Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

RFI – 5849

Thank you for your request for information. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We have passed your request to relevant colleagues. We will respond to your request within 20 working days starting the working day after receipt of your request.

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

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Freedom Of Information Requests Mailbox, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

Dear Mr Woolley

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request that we received on 2 April; your request and our response are as follows

'Dear Newcastle upon Tyne City Council,

Please could you provide me with the following(if known):

- Postcodes of areas/properties that are off the gas network. These properties will be of solid wall construction meaning no cavity.

- If this information is not kept by yourselves, is there a department within the Council/Government I can obtain this information from?

This information is to offer free energy saving measures under various energy company schemes. Thus potential saving people 20-50% on their energy bills completely free of charge.'

We can confirm we do not hold, or do not hold in an identifiable or accessible form, the information detailed in your request. To the extent that we have access to information that could be utilised to create such information we can confirm that the FOI Act allows for the disclosure of information held but does not require an authority to create such data.

The council does have access to certain data sets provided by external parties which may assist in identifying properties however work has not concluded joining these to council systems. As such until we have undertaken this work we are unable to identify properties that do not have a gas supply.

Further any such information that may be held in this regard is only accessible to the Council under a binding confidentiality agreement. As such any information that could be created or provided to assist would also be exempt from disclosure under section 41 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is because disclosure would be a breach of the Council’s obligations under such agreement and action could be taken against it on that basis. Section 41 is an absolute exemption and as such there is no ability or requirement to consider the Public Interest in such disclosure.

In order to assist you further however we can suggest that you may consider an approach to Northern Gas Network direct who invest and maintain the gas distribution network. They may or may not hold or be able to disclose such information in the format you require. In addition the Department for Energy & Climate Change may also hold information which may also assist with your search.

We hope this assists however if you are unhappy with our response to your request you can ask for an internal review of our decision. Please send details of your request for review to the following address:

Information Governance Advisor
Resources Directorate
Room 245 Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne NE99 2BN
Telephone: 0191 277 7666; E-mail: [Newcastle upon Tyne City Council request email]

If you are still unhappy with how we have handled your request following our internal review you can complain to the Information Commissioner:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113; E-mail: [email address]

Regards

Freedom of Information Team

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