Oxford Direct Services - Furloughed Staff & Use of Contractors

Waiting for an internal review by Oxford City Council of their handling of this request.

Pat Mastelotto

Dear Oxford City Council,

I would like to know if Oxford Direct Services have at anytime made use of third party companies, such as Trident Construction Ltd or Mitie Property Services s to supply painting contractors to carry out work on behalf of Oxford Direct Services while at the same time having there own painting contractors at home on furlough.

Yours faithfully,

Pat Mastelotto

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Pat Mastelotto,

Oxford City Council – Reference: 10102

Thank you for your email below. Your request was received on 10th May 2021 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recognises the unprecedented challenges all are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In particular they understand that resources, whether they are finances or people, may be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. Whilst the ICO can’t extend statutory timescales, they will not be penalising public authorities for prioritising other areas or adapting their usual approach during this extraordinary period.

Therefore while the Council will make every effort to comply with the Statutory Requirements you may experience understandable delays when making information rights requests during the pandemic.

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer

Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance. Get tested if you have symptoms.

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

 
Dear Pat Mastelotto,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 10102
 
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 10th May 2021 as follows:
 
I would like to know if Oxford Direct Services have at anytime made use of
third party companies, such as Trident Construction Ltd or Mitie Property
Services s to supply painting contractors to carry out work on behalf of
Oxford Direct Services while at the same time having their own painting
contractors at home on furlough.
 
The work awarded to both of the named companies was subject to competitive
quotes prior to the pandemic for seasonal work not carried out in house.
Due to the contractual commitment and timelines agreed for delivering this
work this arrangement could not be changed.     
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer, Oxford
City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS.  After
the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you may ask
the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may do this
by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Information Governance Requests Officer
 
Kathryn Winfield | Information Governance Requests Officer | Oxford City
Council | Law and Governance | St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS |
Email: [email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
 
 
 
 

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Dear freedomofinformation,

Please provide details (dates and scope of work) when the contracts were signed with Trident Construction Ltd and Mitie Property Services.

Why were contract painters able to work but Oxford Direct Services own painters remained on furlough?

Yours sincerely,

Pat Mastelotto