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PFI PPP Safety Audit

Megan Ingles made this Freedom of Information request to Suffolk County Council

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Dear Suffolk County Council,

This request for information is an attempt to seek reassurance about the safety of public buildings in the light of the findings revealed in the Inquiry commissioned following the collapse of a school building wall in Edinburgh and subsequent closure of 17 schools.
Please answer the following for each PFI/PPP schemes in the local authority area treating each scheme as a separate request.
Please provide all documents showing how your organisation has responded to the findings contained in the report on Edinburgh Schools Construction by John Cole: including, but not limited to memos, emails, minutes, reports.
I would like to understand the expertise and resource committed by your organisation to the management and oversight of PFI schemes from procurement through to ongoing contract operation. Please provide documents relating to the PFI Team(s) allocated to each project its makeup and structure of the team during each project phase. This may comprise terms of reference, organisation chart, post titles and role profiles.
Provide the deed of appointment for the Independent Certifier and any other documents setting out the scope of that role. Please confirm the level of indemnity insurance and liability period.
Please confirm whether your organisation employed a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works or an inspector of similar standing and assigned them to each construction site. If someone in this role was employed please confirm their level of qualification, the salary associated with this role and how much time was allocated to per project/site.
Please provide a list of all enforcement or improvement notices served; investigations carried out and reports commissioned into fire safety (include dates and specify who commissioned or issued these) Please provide copies of all items listed.
Provide details of all attempts to make deductions relating to structural defects for each project. Confirm the amount, what it was for, and when the deduction was made.8

Yours faithfully,

Megan Ingles

Information Management Services, Suffolk County Council

INFORMATION REQUEST – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Thank you for your request, here is your reference number 14930. Please quote this in any future correspondence you may have with us.

We will process your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 as appropriate. We aim to answer your request within 20 working days from the date we received it.

While no charges are made for the submission of requests, the council is entitled to apply reasonable costs for disbursements (i.e. photocopying, postage etc).  Where such costs are under £5.00 the council is pleased to make no charge, however, if costs exceed that limit then these additional costs are payable to the council.  Where charges will apply proper notice will be given to you prior to the information being released.  For more information on charges please use the following link to our website: http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/about/freedom-...

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact us.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,
Becky PC.foi.

FOI Officer
Performance and Information Management
Suffolk County Council
Constantine House
Constantine Road
Ipswich
IP1 2DH

Tel: 01473 265960
Fax: 01473 216843
Email: [email address]
Web: www.suffolk.gov.uk

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Information Management Services, Suffolk County Council

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INFORMATION REQUEST RESPONSE

 

Thank you for your request for information, reference number 14930. Please
quote this in any future correspondence you may have with us.

 

Please find attached a copy of our response to the information you
requested.

 

Most information supplied by Suffolk County Council will have been
produced within the Council and will continue to be protected by
copyright.  You are free to use it for your own purposes, including for
private study and non-commercial research, and for any other purpose
authorised by an exception in current copyright law.  Documents (except
photographs) can be also used in the UK without requiring permission for
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the Intellectual Property Office’s website at [2]www.ipo.gov.uk.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way your request has been handled, you
have the right to ask for an internal review.  Under Regulation 11(2),
internal review requests should be submitted within 40 working days of the
date of this letter and should be sent to: Information Management
Services, Constantine House, Constantine Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DH
or, alternatively, by email at [3][email address].

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Amanda

Performance and Information Management

Suffolk County Council

2^nd Floor | Constantine House | Constantine Road | Ipswich | Suffolk |
IP1 2DH

Tel: 01473 264 814

Email: [4][email address]

Web: [5]www.suffolk.gov.uk

                     

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Dear Suffolk County Council,

I am writing to request an internal review of my request for information about the safety of public buildings. Although I referred to a report into school building safety in my request I explicitly said that I was interested in establishing the safety of all public buildings and asked for information regarding the project monitoring and construction oversight in all PFI schemes. It is my understanding that Suffolk does have a Waste Management scheme. It may be that this scheme did not involve any new build but as the response to my request appears to assume that my request related only to school PFI schemes I am not confident that it has been considered in relation to Suffolk's other PFI project.

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Suffolk County Council's handling of my FOI request 'PFI PPP Safety Audit'.

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

Yours faithfully,

Megan Ingles

Information Management Services, Suffolk County Council

Dear Ms Ingles

We are sorry that you are unhappy with the response to your access to information request 14930.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) we will conduct an internal review of our response.

Internal reviews are conducted by the Information Management Operations Manager. As determined by the Information Commissioner as best practice we aim to complete your internal review within 20 working days.

Kind regards
Becky PC.foi.

Acting FOI Manager
Performance and Information Management
Suffolk County Council
Constantine House
Constantine Road
Ipswich
IP1 2DH

Tel: 01473 265960
Fax: 01473 216843
Email: [email address]
Web: www.suffolk.gov.uk

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Dear Ms Ingles

 

Thank you for your correspondence on 25 May 2017 where you requested an
Internal Review following your request for information about 14930. 

 

Your concerns were:

 

“I am writing to request an internal review of my request for information
about the safety of public buildings. Although I referred to a report into
school building safety in my request I explicitly said that I was
interested in establishing the safety of all public buildings and asked
for information regarding the project monitoring and construction
oversight in all PFI schemes. It is my understanding that Suffolk does
have a Waste Management scheme. It may be that this scheme did not involve
any new build but as the response to my request appears to assume that my
request related only to school PFI schemes I am not confident that it has
been considered in relation to Suffolk's other PFI project.”

 

Having now conducted a formal review of your request, I can confirm that
our response to your request (ref 14930) is overturned for the following
reasons:

 

Please accept our apologies for our misinterpretation of the questions and
find attached Suffolk County Council’s revised response, we hope it has
not caused you too much inconvenience.

 

Accordingly, I believe that the Council did not meet the requirements of
the legislation in response to your request and offer our apologies.
Please find attached the requested information that should have been sent
to you.

 

Of necessity this response has to include reference to legislation. If
anything is unclear please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Kind Regards

 

Becky PC.foi.

FOI Officer

Performance and Information Management

Suffolk County Council

Constantine House

Constantine Road

Ipswich

IP1 2DH

 

Tel: 01473 265960

Fax: 01473 216843

Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]www.suffolk.gov.uk

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