Services Provided by ASG and partners

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,

After the latest news that ASG & Partners (owned by Colin Anderson) have hired, and continue to hire a violent sexual offender who is also his son, Jeffrey Anderson, to work on advertising campaigns, and the fact that they boast on their website that they have carried out work for HSCNI, PHA, NIHE, Northern Regional College, Child Maintenance Service, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Victim Support NI and other government bodies in NI:

I would like to request the following information:

1) In the last 5 financial years how much has your organisation paid to ASG & Partners for services

2) In light of the news articles below, will your organisation be reviewing your relationship with ASG & Partners?

3) Is your organisation currently working with ASG on current/future advertising campaigns?

4) Was your organisation aware of the fact that they hire violent convicted sexual offenders?

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ire...

https://gemmamcsherry.com/2020/07/05/nor...

Yours faithfully,

Ted Kazinski

Dear Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Services Provided by ASG and partners'.

It has been 2 months since my request and I have not received as much as an acknowledgement, let alone the information requested.

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,

Ted Kazinski

Linda McKee, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Thank you for your correspondence.

I am confirm that Information Governance has not received a copy of your orginal request sent in July 2020, hence there was no acknowledgment issued and I have asked our administative team and ICT to interrogate their records to locate the orginal request.

Therefore I would therefore like to treat this as a request just received and not as an internal review.

Grateful if you could confirm that you are content that we proceed on that basis.

Yours faithfully

Linda R McKee MSc, MPA | Information Governance Officer |

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Dear Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,

According to What Do They Know, this was successfully delivered, for which I have the logs.

As I am not responsible for ICT issues on your end, I therefore would like to proceed with an Internal Review as I now consider this request to be a month overdue now.

Other requests through What Do They Know have been successful which were previously sent by other people, and a request sent after mine was successfully received by yourselves as noted by your acknowledgement.

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,

Ted Kazinski

Linda McKee, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Further to your correspondence, and dissatisfaction with how the Council has handled your request for information, it will now be treated as an internal review.

https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk...

Please note that while the Council will aim to process your request for an internal review in a timely manner, due to measures put in place to provide its staff and others from the ongoing global Pandemic, a delay may be possible.

Yours faithfully

Linda R McKee

Linda R McKee MSc, MPA | Information Governance Officer |

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Linda McKee, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Your correspondence of 07 September has been received and Council's internal appeal process will now commence. A copy of Council’s leaflet on “Your Right to Know” can be found at the attached link: https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk...

In addition, your request of 07 July 2020 will also be processed. A copy of Council's acknowledgment can be found below.

Please note: Under statutory timeframes the response to your request is due no later than 20 working days after receipt. However, during this pandemic period it may not be possible to respond to your information request on time. We apologise for that but during this pandemic period, we have put arrangements in place to protect our staff and others from the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID -19).

Dear Sir / Madam

REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 / ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004

The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was formed under the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 effective 1 April 2015 and replaces the former councils of Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady Borough Councils and Moyle District Council. Requests made to the legacy councils since 1 April 2015 are being handled by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and duplicate requests made to the legacy councils are being treated as one request.

Council acknowledges your request for information under the above legislation and will process your personal data, provided as part of this request i.e. name and contact details as part of its legal obligation. Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) (as appropriate), subject to the information not being exempt, containing reference to a third party or other provisions within the legislation.

If any of the exemption categories apply, the information will not be released and you will be informed of this, including your rights of appeal. Where a public interest test is required, Council will inform you if the 20 day time scale has to be extended.

Where information requested contains reference to a third party, they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information and you will be informed where appropriate.

There may be a fee payable for this information. For requests under FOIA, Council will not normally charge unless the cost of responding exceeds £450 based on £25 per hour. Where applicable, the council can choose to either decline to respond to the request, or to do so only after payment of a fee. Under the EIR, (subject to legislative exemptions) Council will normally charge a fee for complying with requests for information based on a fee of £25 per hour. Where a Fees Notice has been issued and no payment received within three months of issue, the Council will consider the request closed. Further information about charges for environmental information is available at: https://www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk...

Council will endeavour to provide information in the format requested. However if it is not practicable or it is unreasonable to do so, it will likely be provided in pdf format. A disbursement fee may be applied and any fees must be paid before the information is released.

Council will not respond to correspondence that has been copied to us.

If you have any queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact me. A leaflet entitled “The Right to Know” is available in all main Council Offices and from the website which may answer your queries. Please include the above reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

For further information regarding your privacy rights or for how long we hold your data, please refer to the privacy section of the website: www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/footer-....

Please note that replies are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Personal details, where applicable, will be removed to protect confidentiality.

Yours faithfully

Linda R McKee MSc, MPA | Information Governance Officer |

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David Jackson, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

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Dear Mr Kazinski,

My response to your request is attached.

Kindest regards,
 David
David Jackson
Chief Executive
07889 081862

07 July 2020

Dear Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,

After the latest news that ASG & Partners (owned by Colin Anderson) have hired, and continue to hire a violent sexual offender who is also his son, Jeffrey Anderson, to work on advertising campaigns, and the fact that they boast on their website that they have carried out work for HSCNI, PHA, NIHE, Northern Regional College, Child Maintenance Service, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, Victim Support NI and other government bodies in NI:

I would like to request the following information:

1) In the last 5 financial years how much has your organisation paid to ASG & Partners for services

2) In light of the news articles below, will your organisation be reviewing your relationship with ASG & Partners?

3) Is your organisation currently working with ASG on current/future advertising campaigns?

4) Was your organisation aware of the fact that they hire violent convicted sexual offenders?

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ire...

https://gemmamcsherry.com/2020/07/05/nor...

Yours faithfully,

Ted Kazinski