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Professional Services Procurement Spend

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am writing to ask that you please provide me with the spend for your Professional Services procurement at the Authority, by which I mean the procurement of projects and consultancy through Statement of Work excluding temporary agency staff.

• What have you spent on Professional Services over the last 12 months?
• What did the authority spend on professional Services Between April 2019 and March 2020?
• Between April 2019 and March 2020, which categories had the highest level of spend throughout that period?
• Has the authority planned any large construction-based projects over the next two years?
• If you have got construction projects planned, please could you provide project details, budget and timeframes?
• What is the Councils current process to engage with professional service providers? Please could you provide details of the process and name third parties if they are being used.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Smith

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Fiona Smith,

 

Request for Information RFI-2112-20

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Professional
Services procurement which was received on 29 October 2020.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the 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.

 

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Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

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Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Dear Fiona Smith,

 

Request for Information RFI-2112-20

 

Further to your request for information Professional Services procurement
, received on 29 October 2020, I am writing to ask for some further
clarification of some aspects of your request.

 

In order for us to process your request as fully as possible could you
please provide the following information:

 

Can you please fully define what you mean by “Professional Services” and
the categories that you are looking for any spend to be identified against
in relation to the following question “Between April 2019 and March 2020,
which categories had the highest level of spend throughout that period”?

The Freedom of information Act 2000 allows the council 20 working days in
which to respond to requests.  However, this “clock” stops should we need
to seek clarification in order to locate or identify relevant
information. 

 

As such, your request is now on hold until we receive the clarification
requested.

If you wish to proceed with this request please send your clarification to
us, quoting the above reference number.

 

Please note that if we have not received your clarification within 15
working days we will close your request.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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explicitly stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be
intercepted and read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to
ensure compliance with Council policies or procedures or regulatory
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be disclosed to third parties.

 

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