Ringfenced Jobs for the unemployed

Paul Kersey made this Freedom of Information request to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

The request was successful.

From: Paul Kersey

15 December 2010

Dear Knowsley Borough Council,

On 30th Sept 2010, Knowsley Council published this story

http://aboutknowsley.typepad.com/news/20...

on their website and it was also published on numerous other sites
regarding jobs that would only be available to local, unemployed
people.

Can you tell me how many vacancies have been ringfenced by the
organisations concerned since

Yours faithfully,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

17 December 2010

Dear Mr Kersey,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information a copy of which is appended below. It's been allocated reference F10/12/035, is being forwarded to the relevant Directorate, and you will receive a response by 18 January.

Yours sincerely,

Corporate information Officer
T: 0151 443 3836

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From: Paul Kersey

5 January 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

Please note, by law you are legally obliged to respond by or before
the 14th of Jan (not the 18th of Jan)

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

6 January 2011

Dear Mr Kersey,

Thank you for your e-mail.

In relation to the statutory deadline for a response, I can advise that the Freedom of Information Act requires a response "not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt" (Section 10(1)).

Your request was received on the 16th December meaning that the twentieth working day falls on the 18 January once the intervening weekends and the Bank Holidays on the 27 and 28 December and 3 January are taken into account.

Naturally, a response may be made in advance of this deadline.

I trust this clarifies the position regarding the response date for your request.

Yours sincerely,

Corporate Information Officer
T: 0151 443 3836.

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From: Paul Kersey

18 January 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

Thank you for your response above concerning the dealine for a
response, it clearly makes no difference as to who is accurate
regarding the FOI act, as it seems you have failed to give a
response before both deadlines, unless of course you respond
today,but this would not "be in good time" would it.

I would be grateful of a timely response to my question.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Paul Kersey

19 January 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

Please note by law, and by your own admittance, you should have
responded by now to my FOI request.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Paul Kersey

24 January 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

“We are investing across the Liverpool City Region to create jobs,
apprenticeships and training places,” said Cllr Ron Round, leader
of Knowsley Council and City Region portfolio holder for employment
and skills.

“This is a great example of us working together to get people into
work.”

http://tinyurl.com/6c74hmc

At the moment this seems like a great example of KMBC publishing
stories of fake projects to make themselves look good.

This story was published on 30th Sept 2010 and since then I have
seen no vacancies advertised on the KMBC and KHT's website that
were ringfenced to local unemployed people.

Add to that this FOI request being ignored by KMBC which in my
opinion proves my point.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

1 February 2011


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Dear Mr Kersey

The document launched in the story you referenced can be found at
http://www.liverpoolcitystrategyces.org....
mpact-for-Housing-Providers.pdf and details the commitment of Housing
Associations within the Liverpool City Region to tackle worklessness,
with one of their actions being to ringfence a proportion of their jobs
for long term unemployed people. This is a new commitment and there is
no data yet available for 2010-11. However, I have attached a research
report for 2009-10 which shows the activity undertaken in that year.

Yours sincerely,

Len Mitchell
Corporate Information Officer
T: 0151 443 3836

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From: Paul Kersey

11 February 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

This does not answer my request "Can you tell me how many vacancies
have been ringfenced by the
organisations concerned"

The answer would usually be a number.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

14 February 2011

Dear Mr Kersey,

Thank you for your e-mail of 11th February following up your previous enquiry.

I am able to advise that as this is a new commitment, we do not yet have any information available for 2010-11.

Yours sincerely,

Len Mitchell
Corporate Information Officer
T: 0151 443 3836.

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From: Paul Kersey

18 February 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

The project was promoted on several websites on 30th Sept 2010,
four months ago, with a specific aim of creating vacancies for
local, unemployed people.

In that time I've not seen any vacancies advertised in Knowsley
that are ringfenced for local unemployed people. I believe your
response that you have no data is just a way of not answering the
question.

Highly unacceptable from an organisation that is funded by the
people.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

23 February 2011

Dear Mr Kersey,

Thank you for your e-mail of 18 February in relation to a response to a Freedom of Information request regarding ring-fenced jobs for the unemployed.

I would be grateful if you could confirm if you now wish this to be treated as a complaint under the Council's Corporate Complaints Procedure. If you wish to proceed on this basis I will arrange to forward your e-mail onto the relevant Directorate.

Yours sincerely,

Len Mitchell
Corporate Information Officer
T: 0151 443 3836.

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From: Paul Kersey

28 February 2011

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

Yes,

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Kennedy, Holly DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

28 February 2011

Please ask for: Nat Dowell
Telephone number: 0151 443 3585
Fax number:
Email: [1][email address]
Reference:
Date: 28 February 2011

Dear Mr Kersey,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

We will give you a full response within 10 working days. If this is not
possible, we will write to you within this time to explain why and let you
know how long a full response will take.

If you need any further information please see contact details above.

Yours sincerely

H Kennedy

Holly Kennedy

Corporate Complaints Team

DCR

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From: Dowell, Natalie CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

4 March 2011

Dear Mr Kersey.

I am sorry that our responses to your inquiry on the number of jobs
created for local out of work people were unsatisfactory.

The initiative was facilitated by Knowsley Council on behalf of the
Councils in the City Region and gained commitment from 16 Housing
Associations to work together to tackle worklessness. The Compact
covers a range of commitments, including creating jobs for local
residents and encouraging suppliers to recruit local labour: it was
signed in summer 2010 and the data for 2010-11 has yet to be collected.
Knowsley Council is not responsible for creating the jobs for long term
unemployed people but collecting the information from the Housing
Associations who have committed to do so. We will be collecting 2010-11
data in April and would be able to forward you this information at that
point should you wish to receive it.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team
Knowsley MBC
Telephone 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

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From: Paul Kersey

28 June 2011

Dear Dowell, Natalie CED,

Obviously I would wish to receive the report otherwise I wouldn't
have made the FOI request in the first place would I now.

Please note that it is now late June and report was promised in
April.

To clarify, I would like to know how many jobs were offered to
local out of work people under this project by all the
organisations involved and I would like a copy of the report.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Dowell, Natalie CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

15 July 2011

Dear Mr Kersey

Unfortunately data hasn't been collected for 2010-11. However, we are
expecting to receive the data for the first quarter of 2011 in the next
couple of weeks and we will send you a copy of the report when it is
collated.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie

Natalie Dowell
Programme Support Officer

Tel: 0151 443 3585 | Fax: 0151 443 3030
Knowsley Council | Chief Executive's Directorate | City Region
Employment and Skills Team
PO Box 21 | Archway Road | Huyton | Knowsley | Merseyside | L36 9YU

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From: Paul Kersey

20 July 2011

Dear Dowell, Natalie CED,

I look forward to it.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Paul Kersey

20 July 2011

Dear Knowsley Borough Council,

I note that you stated that you are expecting the data for the
first quarter of 2011? The scheme commenced in Sept 2010 goin by
the press reports and the KMBC website. So what about the data from
Sept 2010 up until the present date?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

20 July 2011

Dear Mr Paul Kersey

Thank you for your email received on 20th July 2011 requesting information about Ringfenced Jobs for the unemployed.

I have recorded your request for information under reference F2011/07/466.

This has been passed to the relevant service and you will receive a response by 17th August 2011, as required by law.

If you need further information please contact:
Holly Kennedy
T: 0151 443 3407
E: [email address]

Kind regards

Daniel Moores
Information Support Assistant
Directorate of Neighbourhood Services
Knowsley Metroplitan Borough Council
Stretton Way
Merseyside
L36 6JF

E-mail: [email address]

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From: Bunn, James DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

17 August 2011

Hello Paul

Firstly apologies for the delay, this has only just been forwarded on to me.

Can I just for some clarification on the request you made below.

The title states ringfenced jobs for the unemployed and you mention the we have stated that we are expecting data for the first quarter of 2011?

Can I ask if you can point me towards the articles concerning your request as I am based in HR and we do have a redeployment policy for employees who are served notice but I am unsure when you mean ring fencing jobs for the unemployed.

If this does not make sense then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cheers
Jimmy

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From: Paul Kersey

19 August 2011

Dear Bunn, James DCR,

Thank you for your response, although it leaves me somewhat
bemused. The request I made(on 15th Dec 2010), along with all
communications recieved regarding that request can be seen here,
just scroll up/down.
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ri...

If you cannot do that, here is the original request, "Dear Knowsley
Borough Council,On 30th Sept 2010, Knowsley Council published this
story

http://aboutknowsley.typepad.com/news/20...
on their website and it was also published on numerous other sites
regarding jobs that would only be available to local,unemployed
people.

Can you tell me how many vacancies have been ringfenced by the
organisations concerned since
Yours faithfully,
Paul Kersey"

After numerous delaying tactics by KMBC (which can also be seen on
the FOI link) on 14th Feb I recieved this response "I am able to
advise that as this is a new commitment, we do not yet have any
information available for 2010-11." from Len Mitchell

The next response was on 24th Feb 2011, asking if I'd like to
complain, I said yes.

On 4th March I recieved a response from Natalie Dowell/Rob Tabb,
"The Compact covers a range of commitments, including creating jobs
for local residents and encouraging suppliers to recruit local
labour: it was signed in summer 2010 and the data for 2010-11 has
yet to be collected.We will be collecting 2010-11 data in April and
would be able to forward you this information at that point should
you wish to receive it." I replied stating of course I would like
to see it.

15th July 2011 I recieved this, "Unfortunately data hasn't been
collected for 2010-11. However, we are expecting to receive the
data for the first quarter of 2011 in the next couple of weeks and
we will send you a copy of the report when it is collated." from
Natalie Dowell.

Now on the 17th Aug I recieve your response and you don't know what
the hell is going on and Natalie Dowell and Rob Tabb do not seem to
have come up with what they promised and have seemed to have washed
their hands. This request is over 9 months old! Bit of a joke
wouldn't you agree?

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From: Paul Kersey

30 August 2011

Dear Knowsley Borough Council,

Anyone there?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Kersey

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From: Tabb, Rob CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

4 October 2011

Dear Mr Kersey

Following your recent requests, I attach below the monitoring
information that we have collected from the Housing Associations for the
first quarter of 2011-12: we have not collected data from before this
quarter. The jobs will be created in a range of businesses that are
contracted to deliver specific contracts for the Housing Associations.

Thanks

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team
Knowsley MBC
Telephone 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

Number of Apprenticeships created 69
Number of existing apprenticeships safeguarded 42
Number of training places created 28
Number of new jobs created 28
Number of guaranteed training weeks 114

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From: Paul Kersey

12 November 2011

Dear Tabb, Rob CED,

This does not answer my original FOI request dated 15/12/2010 which
was, "Can you tell me how many vacancies have been ringfenced by
the organisations concerned since"

The information supplied does not specify how many of these people
were,

1) Local
2) Unemployed

How many of these vacancies were advertised by Knowsley Housing
Trusts specifically stating that only unemployed people should
apply?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Tabb, Rob CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

12 November 2011

Mr Kersey

I acknowledge receipt of your email and will speak to colleagues in the housing associations and their suppliers to find out the answer to your further questions. I will provide you an update within 14 days.

Thanks,

Rob Tabb
Strategy and implementation manager
City region employment and skills team
Tel 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

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From: Tabb, Rob CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

23 November 2011

Mr Kersey

I have received information from Knowsley Housing Trust referring to their 15 vacancies in quarter 1 of this year. 7 were ringfenced to local unemployed people (through the employer pool at Fusion 21), of which 2 were appointed.

Thanks

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team
Knowsley MBC
Telephone 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

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From: Paul Kersey

25 November 2011

Dear Tabb, Rob CED,

Thanks for your response.

Am I correct in my understanding that, of 15 vacancies, 7 were
ringfenced to local, unemployed people and that only 2 unemployed,
local people were appointed, leaving 5 remaining vacancies?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Tabb, Rob CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

25 November 2011

Mr Kersey, I have asked Knowsley Housing Trust to clarify this matter and will be back in touch soon.

Thanks

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team
Knowsley MBC
Telephone 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

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From: Paul Kersey

28 January 2012

Dear Tabb, Rob CED,

Thank's for your response. Could you define the word "soon", as it
has now been two months since your response.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Paul Kersey

5 June 2012

Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

This is LONG OVERDUE,I would be grateful of a response.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Kersey

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From: Paul Kersey

19 June 2012

Dear Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,

Still awaiting a response, seven months after a response was
promised "soon"

Yours faithfully,

Paul Kersey

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From: Freedom of Information DCR
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

19 June 2012


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Dear Mr Kersey,

You response was actually sent 23rd November 2011 - see email attached.

Thanks

Holly

Holly Kennedy
Executive Support Assistant

Tel: 0151 443 3407 | Fax: 0151 443 3557
Knowsley Council | Huyton Municipal Buildings | Archway Road | Huyton | L36 9YU

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From: Paul Kersey

19 June 2012

Dear Freedom of Information DCR,

Holly, did you not read the immediate reply (25th Nov 2011) to the
response of 23rd Nov 2011??

and this ..............

"Mr Kersey, I have asked Knowsley Housing Trust to clarify this
matter and will be back in touch soon.

Thanks

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team

I am still waiting for the clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kersey

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From: Tabb, Rob CED
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

20 June 2012

Mr Kersey

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you in this matter. I can confirm that 2 local unemployed people were appointed to these posts with the remaining posts being filled through other means.

Thanks

Rob Tabb
City Region Employment and Skills Team
Knowsley MBC
Telephone 0151 443 3054
[mobile number]

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Margaret Mills left an annotation (10 April 2013)

Quote-marks Did you give up on this Paul I would like to know the answer too

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Graham George left an annotation (11 April 2013)

Quote-marks Hello Paul,

Almost there.
"Blood out of a Stone, comes to mind/

Reference the unfilled vacancies, by the non local applicants.
Please ask, why these unfilled vacancies, that were "Ringfenced - promised" to local lads, ended up as probably going elsewhere.
Please ask Knowsley, for the Post codes, or the 7 persons, who appear not to have been local.
Then also ask, why the the 7 vacant positions were not filled by local persons.

Graham George.

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