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Parking Permit Applications Assessment and Criteria

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Dear University of Glasgow,

We are hoping you will be able to provide us with clarifications of the following issues regarding procedures used in allocation of parking permit applications in November/December 2018:

1. What checks were made on staff claims - did they have to provide documentary evidence of caring responsibilities?
2. If these checks were not made, please explain why not?
3. How were caring responsibilities decided?
4. Did you take into consideration circumstances of single parents when it comes to caring responsibilities?
5. How were points awarded – e.g. distance of journey- were more points added for inconvenience - number of bus/trains changes?
6. What were the selection criteria used to determine the relevance of medical conditions?
7. Were chronic conditions included in these criteria?
8. What proportion of these that declared medical conditions were allocated parking?
9. How many permits were allocated on the previous scheme?
10. How many permits were allocated by the current scheme?
11. How many parking spaces were there previously?
12. How many are there now?
13. What is the rationale for the repainting of the spaces on the South Front? Specifically, what calculation of car sizes was made to determine their size?
14. Why carers were not allowed to include maps outlining deroute instead of providing a brief textual description of deroute?
15. Could you provide details of EIA outcomes?

Yours faithfully,
Mirna Solic
Sarah Honeychurch
Teresa Newman

George Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

I asked a couple of similar questions i.e.:

"Could you please let me know how did you fact check the following specific claims made by some applicants when applying for a car parking permit:
a. Applicant looks after elderly/disabled relatives.
b. Applicant has to take his/her children to school.
"
The University's response was
" In respect of confirming the statements made in applications the University undertakes selected checks as considered appropriate. This may include seeking additional information or evidence from the applicant. "

I am not sure if this claim could be substantiated by verifiable facts.

I am therefore in the process of formulating some more specific questions.

Mirna Solic left an annotation ()

Dear George,
Thank you for your input. I am afraid that their answer to our request will be vague as well, in which case we will ask for additional clarification.
Best wishes,
Mirna

FOI Office,

Thank you for your email which was received by the University on 07 January 2019 timed 13:24 hours.

As the University of Glasgow is a Scottish Public Authority, your request is subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 ("FOISA"). The University acknowledges receipt of your request and confirms a response will be sent to you promptly; and in any event not later than 04 February 2019. The Freedom of Information Office will contact you if we require any further information.

Yours sincerely

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523
Email: [University of Glasgow request email]

University of Glasgow (Tay House)
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

George Andrew Watson left an annotation ()

Mr Buchanan asked:

“How many applications for the parking permit did you receive from members of your
security department? How many of these applicants were offered a parking permit?”

The University replied:

"I can confirm that all 34 applicants were offered a parking permit. "

What a surprise?

FOI Office,

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Dear Mirna Solic, Sarah Honeychurch and Teresa Newman,

Please find attached the University's response to your Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 request dated 07 January 2019 timed 13:24 hours.

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523

University of Glasgow
Tay House
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

George A Buchanan left an annotation ()

The supplied URLs fail to provide answers to most of the questions e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc. The University was asked some simple questions and in most cases a "Yes" or "No" answer would have sufficed.

If I were you I would have asked, in the first instance, for an internal review to be conducted and request that a clear response is provided by the University for each of the questions. If the University fails to fulfil its FoI obligations then the Scottish Information Commissioner could be asked to intervene.

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