PFI PPP Safety Audit

Megan Ingles made this Freedom of Information request to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough 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

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Ingles,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about PFI PPP Safety Audit,
which was received on 19 May 2017.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

 

 

Dear InformationRights,

I have not yet received a response to my request for information. 20 working days from the date of my request would have been 19th June 2017. Please could you respond to my request and provide an explanation for the delay.

Yours sincerely,

Megan Ingles

Sarah O'Neill, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Ms Ingles

 

FOI REQUEST - RFI0613/17

 

Please accept my sincere apology for the delay in responding to your
request.

 

You asked the following (in black font)  and the response is in red font:

 

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

 

Our records show that  only one school, St Thomas Moore, was a PFI, the
only readily available information are in the attached accounts which
mention the school.

 

The Minutes of Cabinet are a matter of public record and can be accessed
outside of freedom of information .

 

In order to complete this request in more depth, each account would have
to be checked by audit to remove any personal information prior to us
being given access, given the nature of the information requested, this
would take more than 18hrs to produce.

 

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send to: Information Risk & Governance Manager, Business Change, Civic
Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

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Yours Sincerely

 

Sarah O'Neill

Assurance Officer

Assurance Team

Change and Governance

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

3rd Floor (HR Suite)

Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall, WS1 1DG

 

 

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From: Fakhara Qanwal On Behalf Of InformationRights
Sent: 22 May 2017 10:08
To: '[FOI #407675 email]'
Subject: YOUR FOI REQUEST - RFI0613/17 re: PFI PPP Safety Audit

 

Dear Ms Ingles,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about PFI PPP Safety Audit,
which was received on 19 May 2017.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

 

 

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