Removal of Maidstone Borough Council Royal Charter for corruption

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J Hicks (Account suspended)

Dear House of Commons,

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Please can you provide all information you hold that confirms how to petition to abolish Maidstone Borough Council Royal Charter for corruption between the council and the court and connected other departments.

Can you also be so kind as to provide the dates that Maidstone was granted a Royal Charter (and a copy of the wording of these charters) and the dates that any were retracted, and give the reasons why.

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Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

J Hicks

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Dear J Hicks,

 

Freedom of Information request F16-472

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 29 October 2016, received
by us on the 31 October 2016, which is copied below.

 

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Dear J Hicks,

 

Freedom of Information Request F16-472

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You asked a
number of questions relating to the Maidstone Borough Council Royal
Charter, which we have sought to answer below. 

 

1)  Please can you provide all information you hold that confirms how to
petition to abolish Maidstone Borough Council Royal Charter for corruption
between the council and the court and connected other departments?

 

General information on how to create and submit a petition is held by the
House of Commons.

 

There are two ways in which a petition can be made to Parliament.

 

Firstly, a public petition is a formal written request sent in to
Parliament by members of the public calling for some form of action by the
Government. Paper petitions must be presented on the petitioners'
behalf by a MP or member of the Lords. Further details are available on
our website here: 
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/si....

 

Alternatively, E-petitions are submitted online and enable members of the
public to petition the House of Commons and press for action from the
government. More information about e-petitions, including how to submit a
petition, can be found on our website here:

[2]http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/si...

 

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA.  This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

2)  Can you also be so kind as to provide the dates that Maidstone was
granted a Royal Charter (and a copy of the wording of these charters) and
the dates that any were retracted, and give the reasons why.

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.

 

You may wish to consider submitting your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 to the Privy Council Office. Contact details can be
found at:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....

 

You may also wish to consider submitting your request to Maidstone Borough
Council. Contact details can be found at:

[4]http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/.

 

3)  Where is the transparency and accountability if this is left up to
officers, who are giving personal recommendations to the council's
outsourced solicitors firm J E Baring & Co, such as the Revenues and
Benefits Manager Sheila Coburn?

 

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Kind regards,

 

Lauren

 

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