School pupil numbers

S Downes made this Freedom of Information request to Croydon Borough Council

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Dear Croydon Borough Council,

Please provide a full list, as at September 2017, the number of pupils attending each of the state schools in the borough.

Please identify each school's status (primary, secondary).

Please indicate how many year groups are currently attending the school.

Please also provide the maximum number of pupils the school is capable of accommodating as at September 2017.

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

S Downes

Freedom of Information, Croydon Borough Council

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

You have not replied to my FOI request School pupil numbers promptly, as required by law.

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mr Downes,

Apologies, this was drafted in time but is awaiting approval from our Press department - I will give them another chase now.

Kind regards,

Steven Borg
Information Co-ordinator
Croydon Council

Digital Council of the Year

ICT Client Unit (ICU)
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
Information Team
Resources Department
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

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Dear Mr Borg,

Thanks for your response. I would now like this matter treated as an internal review.

The reason I submit some of these questions via FoI is because the council's press office refuses to provide me with answers directly. They usually then treat my enquiries as an FoI, deliberately delaying the process of providing me with a response.

Therefore, I fail to see why they should have the power to veto and delay enquiries submitted directly as FoIs.

It delays me in my work further, and causes embarrassment to you.

If my FoIs are to be given "special" treatment as a member of the press, then perhaps the press office should do its job and provide answers to legitmate press enquiries, instead of playing silly games and passing the buck to you.

Do please pass this note to Ms Negrini as another example of her dysfunctional council.

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mr Downes,

Apologies for the continued delay. I am liaising with the Place Planning service to provide accurate data for this request.

I have advised of urgency for this request.

Kind regards,

Steven Borg
Information Co-ordinator
Croydon Council

Digital Council of the Year

ICT Client Unit (ICU)
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
Information Team
Resources Department
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

For Subject Access Request queries please email - [email address]
For Freedom of Information Request queries please email - [email address]

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Dear Mr Borg,

On Feb 15 - 12 days ago and when the council had already failed to fulfill its legal responsibility to reply to this request within a set period - you informed me that the response was being held up by the council’s propaganda department.

Today, it is because you are seeking “accurate data”, something I might have hoped you will have done from the beginning of this quest.

This is not a difficult request for information. The council surely holds on file school roll numbers?

Why has the FoI been delayed for so long?

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Freedom of Information, Croydon Borough Council

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Dear Mr Downes

 

Freedom of Information Request

Please see attached the council's response to your Freedom of Information
request.

Yours sincerely

 

Lynda Fay

FOI Coordinator

Croydon Council

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Not for the first time, attachments used to provide data to an FoI request are corrupted and not openable.

Please provide the data contained in the two pdf files in a word document.

Thank you,

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information, Croydon Borough Council

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Dear Mr Downes,

Please see attached documents as requested.

In future, to view the embedded attachment/s above, please select ‘View’ then click edit, this opens the document fully. Once this is done you are then able to double click the embedded icon.

Kind regards.

Jo

Jo Welch-Hall
Information Support Officer

Resources Department
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

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Dear Information,

Thank you for that.

I am well aware of how to open a file and to download it.

However, if the attachments which you send are corrupted - which happens with great regularity - then they cannot be accessed.

It seems at times as if this is being done deliberately.

On the matter of the delay in providing the information requested, can you offer any explanation as to why you failed to meet with the requirements of the law on this occasion?

Yours sincerely,

S Downes

Information, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mr Downes,

In regards to the delay, the department initially sent us a link to information in the public domain which after investigation did not seem to cover specifically what your FOI was requesting and thus we passed it back to the service to reissue. Due to staff absences and further queries in regards to links which did not provide a full answer we had to keep chasing the department, resulting in delays for which we apologise.

In regards to the embedded attachments, can you please clarify what you mean by 'corrupted'? They seem fine on our end so if this is something that happens during the disclosure process we would like to investigate the issue. It would be helpful if you can provide a screenshot of what error or issue you experience when trying to open the embedded spreadsheets in the Word doc.

I assure you that 'corrupting' the data (or deliberately preventing access etc) is not in our interests as of course this just results in further work and comebacks for our department, hence why we would like to resolve this issue.

Kind regards,

Steven Borg
Information Co-ordinator
Croydon Council

Digital Council of the Year

ICT Client Unit (ICU)
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
Information Team
Resources Department
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

For Subject Access Request queries please email - [email address]
For Freedom of Information Request queries please email - [email address]

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Hello Mr Borg,

Yep, the "Digital Council of the Year" is unable to send out files as part of FoI responses.

I shall send a screen grab to you by direct email. In this latest instance, I asked a colleague to see if they could access the pdf files, and they got the same error message.

This has been an on-going problem, with a variety of file formats. There needs to be a more reliable way of transferring documents and information.

Thanks for your efforts in this matter,

Regards,

S DOWNES

Information, Croydon Borough Council

Dear Mr Downes,

Thank you for making us aware of the issue and I'll await the screenshot to investigate further.

Thanks

Steven Borg
Information Co-ordinator
Croydon Council

Digital Council of the Year

ICT Client Unit (ICU)
Customer Transformation and Communications Services
Information Team
Resources Department
7th Floor, Zone B
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon CR0 1EA

For Subject Access Request queries please email - [email address]
For Freedom of Information Request queries please email - [email address]

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