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Selective Licensing Team -Staffing Costs

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Appendix 28 contained within the authorities Cabinet report dated 11th December 2018, covers a wide range of intended monitoring activities but which excludes any financial income and expenditure monitoring over the intended 5 year period.

Appendix 29 lists 6.5 members of staff costed for the scheme .

The two current selective licensing areas designations conclude on 4th August 2019 -could you provide an interim income and expenditure statement for the schemes duration until such time as the figures are firmed up including levels of staff employed.

Additionally as the 14 proposed new areas have yet, (and may never will ) receive the Secretory of States approval for designation the earliest the new schemes could commence is 8th October 2019 even if given approval today.
This means 6.5 members of staff are scheduled to be paid from 4th August 2019 until at least 8th October 2019 or an extra 2 months beyond the planned 5 years without any corresponding increase in income .

Please confirm the extra weekly costs and from which budget these additional wages will be paid.

Yours faithfully,

Mr H Jackson

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Jackson

 

Your request for information ref. SOT80517 about the weekly costs of
additional wages for staff employed on selective licensing schemes

 

We have now considered your request for information.

 

Whilst you have personally submitted 3 requests since October 2018, it has
come to our attention that your requests about selective licensing schemes
may form part of a larger project involving other individuals who have
also submitted many more requests all related to the selective licensing
schemes in Stoke-on-Trent.

 

Guidance issued by the Information Commissioner about “campaigns” states
that:-

 

91. If a public authority has reason to believe that several different
requesters are acting in concert as part of a campaign to disrupt the
organisation by virtue of the sheer weight of FOIA requests being
submitted, then it may take this into account when determining whether any
of those requests are vexatious.

 

The Information Commissioner’s Guidance asks that local authorities ensure
that the following criteria are met before it proceeds to refuse a request
on the grounds that it is vexatious under section 14 of the Act:-

 

1.    The requests [received from the requestor and other requestors] are
identical or similar.

 

2.    They have received email correspondence in which other requesters
have been copied in or mentioned.

 

3.    There is an unusual pattern of requests, for example a large number
have been submitted within a relatively short space of time.

 

4.    A group’s website makes an explicit reference to a campaign against
the authority.

 

23 requests have been received in the last 12 months (10 of these within
the last 6 months) in relation to selective licensing schemes in
Stoke-on-Trent, not only from you, but also from other requestors who are
engaged in challenging the schemes.

 

It should be noted that any request made to the Council is covered by
either the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 regardless of any reference to the
legislation in the request. The objective of the legislation is to make
available information held by a public authority and is not intended to be
used to inhibit the workings of a public authority. The volume of your
requests, together with those from other requestors, for similar
information, has led the Council to consider the impact of all the
requests on two very small teams within the local authority.

 

Some of your requests are covered by the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 and are regarded as voluminous and a diversion of the
resources of the City Council and therefore it is manifestly unreasonable
to process the requests, in accordance with regulation 12(4)(b) of the
Environmental information Regulations 2004.

 

All of your requests, together with those of other requestors, are asking
for information surrounding the selective licensing scheme and housing.
These requests are considered burdensome and a heavy strain on valuable
public resources.

 

In accordance with the provisions of Section 14(1) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, which does not oblige a public authority to comply
with a request for information if the request is vexatious, the local
authority regretfully declines to comply with your most recent request.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to: The Information Rights Manager, Information Rights
Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street,
ST4 1HH, or email [1][Stoke on Trent City Council request email].

 

If, after contacting us, you are not content with the outcome, you may ask
the Information Commissioner for a decision. Before doing this, please see
the following link for guidance from the Information Commissioner relating
to how to use your information rights responsibly and effectively, to
enable you to gain the best outcome from the process -
[2]http://ico.org.uk/for_the_public.

 

Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you
have already used our internal review procedure. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, tel: 0303 123
1113 or you can visit their website at
[3]https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [4]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Team

 

Information Rights

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Floor 2 Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

T: 01782 232853, 01782 233020, 01782 233732, 01782 235965

E: [5][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Appendix 28 contained within the authorities Cabinet report dated 11th
December 2018, covers a wide range of intended monitoring activities but
which excludes any financial income and expenditure monitoring over the
intended 5 year period.

Appendix 29 lists 6.5 members of staff costed for the scheme.

The two current selective licensing areas designations conclude on 4th
August 2019 -could you provide an interim income and expenditure statement
for the schemes duration until such time as the figures are firmed up
including levels of staff employed.

Additionally as the 14 proposed new areas have yet, (and may never will )
receive the Secretory of States approval for designation the earliest the
new schemes could commence is 8th October 2019 even if given approval
today.
This means 6.5 members of staff are scheduled to be paid from 4th August
2019 until at least 8th October 2019 or an extra 2 months beyond the
planned 5 years without any corresponding increase in income .

Please confirm the extra weekly costs and from which budget these
additional wages will be paid.

Yours faithfully,

Mr H Jackson

 

 

 

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Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Stoke on Trent City Council's handling of my FOI request 'Selective Licensing Team -Staffing Costs'.

[ GIVE DETAILS ABOUT YOUR COMPLAINT HERE ]
I believe my and similar requests has been denied because the data may prejudice the authorities decision to proceed with its proposals for selective licensing in a further 14 areas of the city.

When similar information has been refused to other parties via whatdotheyknow it is clearly apparent who the other sources are and that were seeking similar facts and it is unreasonable to continually withhold such information on that basis.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Mr H Jackson

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Jackson

 

SOT80517 Environmental Information Regulations 2004 Internal Review
regarding your request for information about the weekly costs of
additional wages for staff employed on selective licensing schemes

 

Thank you for your correspondence requesting an Internal Review, which was
received on 14/08/19. This is regarding your request for information about
the weekly costs of additional wages for staff employed on selective
licensing schemes. The Internal Review will also consider the authorities
decision to refuse your request as manifestly unreasonable in accordance
with Regulation 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations
2004.

 

Under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, an internal review
is a statutory requirement and there is a statutory timescale of 40
working days for the Council to respond, starting from the day after the
receipt of your Internal Review, we calculate this to be 09/10/19.

 

If you have any queries about this email please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

You can find details of how we handle your personal information by
visiting [1]www.stoke.gov.uk/dataprotection

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights Managers

Information Rights Team

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Housing and Customer Services Directorate

Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

Phone: 01782 233732 (Mon-Wed), 235965 (Wed-Fri)

Email: [2][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

 

Winner – UK Housing Awards Council of the Year 2019

Being a foster carer is truly life changing. If you have a spare room and
spare time, even as little as one weekend a month, you can make a real
difference to a child’s life.

Fostering for Stoke-on-Trent City Council offers a rewarding career with
comprehensive training and guidance. [3]Click here for more information.

Manage your council tax online and sign up for paperless billing with our
new online account at [4]www.stoke.gov.uk/onlineaccount - and access it
using the MyStoke app, putting fly-tipping, and litter reporting in your
hands at the touch of a button. Available in the [5]App Store and on
[6]Google Play

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5. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-stoke...
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