South West One contracts

Ganesh Sittampalam made this Freedom of Information request to Taunton Deane Borough Council

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Taunton Deane Borough Council,

Please can I have a copy of any contracts (active or inactive) you have with South West One, where I understand you have outsourced many of your back office functions?

Yours faithfully,

Ganesh Sittampalam

FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

This will acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, to which we will reply in more detail within 20
working days (before 21/3/2011.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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forester, ann, Taunton Deane Borough Council

This is just to advise you that because of the large volume of paperwork
involved in responding to your request, we will be sending it loaded
onto a disc, by first class post.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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forester, ann, Taunton Deane Borough Council

Mr Sittampalam

Please let us have a postal address so that we can forward the SWOne
contract disc to you by first class post.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Please ask for Ann Forester 01823 356406 if you have any queries)

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Hi,

Please can you advise the total size (in megabytes) of the information to be disclosed, and why sending it by email is infeasible?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

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    SW1 Contract Redacted Version of FOI Requests.zip

    3.8M Download

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    Re URGENT Freedom of Information request South West One contracts.html

    2K Download

Mr Sittampalam

This is Taunton Deane Borough Council's response to your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Further to your email response, and we note that you would prefer the
attachments to be sent electronically rather than by a CD to you in the
post.

We have asked for the disc to be converted to electronic files, which are
now attached.

Please let us know if this causes you any problems on receipt,

If you wish to object to our response, you have the option of having the
request and response reviewed by an Officer of the Council by applying for
a review to [1][Taunton Deane Borough Council request email] or by writing to
The Freedom of Information Officer, Taunton Deane Borough Council, The
Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton TA1 1HE.

Should you remain dissatisfied after that review, you can appeal against
the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK

TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Email : [2][Taunton Deane Borough Council request email]

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear FOI-advice,

Thanks for the email containing the contract. Can you advise where I can find the refusal notice in respect of the redacted parts, as I haven't been able to spot it in the PDFs you have sent?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

We will check and come back to you.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TDBC

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FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

This is to clarify our response and your further query, Mr Sittampalam,
which we should have done at the time of sending the redacted electronic
folders to you:-

The redactions that the Council has made fall under two sections of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - those which deal specifically with
commercial interests are exempted under section 43(2) and those which
deal with personal data of staff mentioned in the contract are exempted
underr sectin 40(2).

We trust this clarifies your query.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear FOI-advice,

Thanks for your email. On a cursory inspection, quite a large number of entire schedules are missing from the release, along with various other individual documents (e.g. appendix 1 of schedule 25) or sections of documents (e.g. schedule 29 annexe B) without any markings to indicate why or there being obvious commercial confidentiality issues. I've read section 23 which lists things that SouthWestOne considers confidential, but much of the missing material does not appear to be listed there.

Could you therefore provide a more detailed explanation for why the missing information is covered by s43(2) and why it is not in the public interest to release it? The ICO has some guidance on writing refusal notices here: http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/l...

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

Thank you for your comments, which will be forwarded to the Officers who
prepared your response and we will come back to you at the earliest
opportunity, Mr Sittampalam.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Taunton Deane Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Taunton Deane Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'South West One contracts'.

As previously detailed in my email of 30th March, a large amount of information seems to be missing and you have not provided a proper refusal notice. Given the lack of a proper explanation which I could consider and challenge in detail, I would also like a full review of your application of s43(2).

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

Yours faithfully,

Ganesh Sittampalam

FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

This will acknowledge receipt of your request for a review of our
response to your FOI request dated 21.2.2011. We will write to you
again with a fuller response following our review.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK
TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

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FOI-advice, Taunton Deane Borough Council

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Mr Sittampalam

Attached is Taunton Deane Borough Council's response to your request under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Following your request (shown in your email below) we have attached
further documents as requested, and the Officer who prepared the documents
that were originally sent out to you has asked that we extend our sincere
apologies to you for our error, in not including the documents attached to
this email with that original response to your original FOI request.

As requested, we have reviewed our application of the exemption under
Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and confirm that our
response remains as stated in our previous email dated 29.3.2011 ... the
redactions that the Council has made fall under two sections of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 - those which deal specifically with
commercial interests are exempt under Section 43(2) (wording now attached)
... and those which deal with personal data of staff mentioned in the
contract are exempted under Section 40(2).

Should you remain dissatisfied after this review, you can appeal against
the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

FOI ADMINISTRATION DESK

TAUNTON DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

(Email : [1][Taunton Deane Borough Council request email])

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