Dear Luton Borough Council,

Thank you for publishing your spend data here: https://www.luton.gov.uk/Business/Doing%.... However, I notice that you haven't published any spending data since March 2018. Also, the data for March 2018 is not accessible as there seems to be an error on the site.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all transactions over £500 from March 2018 to at most a quarter in arrears from the date at which you publish in response to this request.

Please provide the data in a machine readable format (preferably csv). As a minimum, please make sure to include the date, value and recipient of each transaction. Please also provide details on the procurement category of each transaction if you have it.

Your team may also be interested in the guidance on producing spending data:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

For the avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Helen McNally

LBC Feedback, Luton Borough Council

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Dear sir or madam,

Further to your request for information. Please see our response below.

We are reviewing our internal processes for reviewing and publishing data under the transparency act and aspire to resolve the situation and publish data within the next couple of months. We apologise for any issues this may cause.

This information is being provided as a statutory obligation under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 Luton Council ask not to receive unsolicited marketing communications.

You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication, requires the permission of the copyright holder. You may apply for permission to re-use this information by submitting a request to [email address]  .

Detailed advice about the Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations (PSI) 2005 is available from the Office of Public Sector Information at: Office of Public Sector information.

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request(s), you can ask for a review of how we have handled it, by contacting us at the address above or by contacting emailing us at [email address]  . Please set out any specific concerns you have. If you have any other queries or concerns then please contact us using the above details. Please quote the reference number provided above when contacting us.

Should you remain unhappy with our response after we have reviewed it, you can refer your concerns to the Information Commissioner Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available through the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545 700
Internet: www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Team
Luton Borough Council
Town Hall, George Street, Luton LU1 2BQ
Email: [email address]

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Dear Luton Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Luton Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Spend over £500 from April 2018 on'.

On 22 August 2018, I sent you a FOI request for your expenditure over £500 from March 2018 to present. I awaited a response within 20 working days, 19 September 2018, but have received no correspondence beyond an acknowledgement.

The local government transparency code states:
Part 2.1: Information to be published quarterly
26. Data covered by this section includes expenditure exceeding £500 (see paragraphs 28 and 29) Government Procurement Card transactions (paragraph 30), and procurement information (see paragraphs 31 and 32).
27. The data and information referred to in this Part (2.1) must be:
first published within a period of three months from the date on which the local authority last published that data under the Local Government Transparency Code 201413 and not later than one month after the quarter to which the data and information is applicable
published quarterly thereafter and on each occasion not later than one month after the quarter to which the data and information is applicable.

Please see here for more details: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy....

This means that the data should already be published. For this reason, I would like to request an Internal Review of the initial response to my Freedom of Information request.

Please also take note of this decision notice from the ICO on the use of Section 22 of the FOI Act in these circumstances: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-tak...

I await your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Spend Network

LBC Feedback, Luton Borough Council

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Dear sir or Madam,

I can confirm the data is available ton the website.

Please follow this link https://www.luton.gov.uk/Business/Doing%.... I can confirm that the data is accessible from March to August.

Kind regards

Complaints and Information Governance Team
Business Intelligence Unit
Luton Borough Council
Town Hall, LU1 2BQ
Phone; 01582 546398
Email: [email address]
www.luton.gov.uk

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Dear LBC Feedback,

When clicking on the link, the message, 'Error 502' appears on the screen.

Please can you rectify this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Spend Network

LBC Feedback, Luton Borough Council

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Dear sir or madam,

Unfortunately the council's website has been subjected to malicious cyber attacks and therefore our online services are down. However, our IT team are working to get this rectified.

Kindest regards

Complaints and Information Governance Team
Business Intelligence Unit
Luton Borough Council
Town Hall, LU1 2BQ
Phone; 01582 546398
Email: [email address]
www.luton.gov.uk

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Dear LBC Feedback,

I'm sorry to hear that, please could you let me know when your website is back online.

Yours sincerely,

Spend Network

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