Payments to Greater Manchester Police for Wigan Borough policing

The request was refused by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

Wigan Borough Council,

I will require a list of all payments made to Greater Manchester Police from Council Tax receipts for the past 6 years and this list to include the specific name of the payer/payee, dates, and amounts transferred.

In honour

R Austin

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir  / Madam 

I am emailing to confirm the receipt of your recent FOI requests to Wigan
Council, reference numbers:

7352 – Pension Payments; 7353 – Number of employees; 7354 – Council Tax
complaints; 7355 – Billing Authority; 7356 – Council Tax collections; 7357
– Constituting documents; 7358 – Account name; 7359 – Instruction to Wigan
& Leigh Magistrates Court; 7360 – Constituting District Council – GMCA;
7361 – Payment to Greater Manchester Police

We will respond as soon as possible and in any case no later than 10^th
August  2015 , which is 20 working days after the receipt of your request.

If you have any comments or questions in the meantime, please direct them
to [1][Wigan Council request email], or at Wigan Council, Town Hall, Library
Street, Wigan WN1 1YN.

The Council does not charge for most FOI requests, but charges may be made
for actual disbursements incurred such as photocopying, printing, postage
and packaging, and only if these charges amount to more than £20.00. If a
charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before
the information is provided and payment may be requested prior to the
provision of the information.

Your contact is Sharon Crippin.

Regards

Complaints and Information Team

Resources Directorate
Wigan Council
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Dear Mr Austin,

I am writing to respond to your emails received 13^th July 2015, 21^st
July 2105 and 30^th July 2015.  These have been dealt with under the
Freedom of Information Act.

We are refusing these requests under Section 14(1) of the Freedom of
Information Act, that the requests are vexatious.  Under Section 14(1) of
the Act we are entitled to not comply with vexatious requests and will
therefore not be providing you with the information requested.

In considering whether your FOIA requests are vexatious we have considered
the following questions as recommended by the Information Commissioner’s
Office:

 

1.         Could your requests fairly be seen as obsessive?

2.         Are your requests harassing the Council or causing distress to
staff?

3.         Would complying with your requests impose a significant burden
in terms of expense and distraction?

4.         Are your requests designed to cause disruption and annoyance?

5.         Do your requests lack any serious purpose or value?

 

In accordance with ICO guidance you are not offered the opportunity for a
senior officer review.  However, you can contact the Information
Commissioner, who is the regulator for Freedom of Information. His website
is [1]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk and his helpline number is 0303
1231113.

Regards,

Complaints and Information Team

Resources Directorate
Wigan Council
Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan WN1 1YN

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A Ratchford left an annotation ()

Wigan Council

Could you please supply the FoI reference numbers that you are refusing on the grounds of vexation and not the email dates. Or are we to assume that the email dates applies to all his FoI's listed in your first response? Also, do you consider them all to be vexatious for same reason or multiple reasons?

I ask this because it would assist me in my requests, if I could understand your reasoning or the objectionable content / wording that is causing you issue.

R Austin left an annotation ()

I will let the Information Commissioner and the people of Wigan decide if reasonable excuse within the word and intent of the Freedom of Information Act has been provided. To any reasonable person it can be seen that these are specific and reasonable requests for information that is of interest to inhabitants seeking to investigate very serious wrongdoing.

What is Wigan Borough Council hiding?

Tim Turner left an annotation ()

Has this been appealed to the ICO?