Staff visit to meet government officlals

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Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,

Reference recent visit by a number of staff to visit government officials and the Chester MP in the Houses of Parliament.

I would like to know

1) The objectives of the trip.
2) The job title of the person who organised the trip.
3) The job title of the person who authorised the trip.
4) The number of staff who made the trip.
5) The job titles of the staff who made the trip.
6) The name of the officials or departments they had meetings with. Together with the approx times and lengths of the meetings.
7) Whether it involved an overnight stay.
8) The total cost of the whole exercise.

Yours faithfully,

Trevor R Nunn

Cheshire West and Chester Council

RE: Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Case Reference: 101001659451

Dear Mr Nunn

Thank you for your email 14th November 2013.

It will be treated as a request within the meaning of the Act: this means that we will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot supply it.

If we need any further clarification or there is any problem we will be in touch.

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me. It would be helpful if you could quote the log number 1659451.

Yours sincerely

Scott Robertson
FOI Unit

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

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FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Mr Nunn

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that the Council does hold information relevant to your request. Unfortunately, it is taking a little while longer to collate all the information requested. I apologise for this delay and will forward you our response shortly.

Yours sincerely

Miriam Wallace
Solutions Team
Cheshire West and Chester Council

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FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Mr Nunn

 

Further to my email below I am now able to provide you with the following
response and apologise for the delay in doing so.

 

Reference recent visit by a number of staff to visit government officials
and the Chester MP in the Houses of Parliament. 

 

I can confirm that a number of staff did recently visit government
officials and the Chester MP in the Houses of Parliament.  This visit was
one of two arranged (the  other one being on 19/20 November).  The two
visits vary in content and focus with the aim being to  maximise learning
by the participants,  to maximise the potential and  to develop insights
and links.

 

Whilst each trip had a different focus, the general objectives for both
trips were:

 

o             To provide an intense learning opportunity for Heads of
Service and rising stars

o             To focus on emerging trends in policy and politics in
general and centre-local relations and public innovation in particular

o             To provide an exposure to Westminster and Whitehall of
relevance and practical useto participants

o             To provide an opportunity to improve professional
understanding and policy makingby providing the opportunity to meet with
guests and presenters.

Under the Council’s duty to provide advice and assistance under Section 16
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the response below relates to both
trips.

 

I would like to know:

 

1.            The objectives of the trip.

 

5/6 November:

 

For the 5/6 November visit the two groups were charged to focus on:

 

1.            social finance, mutual and employee owned spin outs and

2.            DCLG, parliament and the media.

 

19/20 November:

 

For the 19/20 November visit the two groups were charged to focus on:

 

1.            Economy, Exports and Growth

2.            Central Government, parliament and think tanks

 

2.            The job title of the person who organised the trip.

 

HR Lead Officer – Projects. This was commissioned by the Head of HR
supported by the Chief Executive.

 

3.            The job title of the person who authorised the trip.

 

Head of HR

 

4.            The number of staff who made the trip.

 

18

 

5.            The job titles of the staff who made the trip.

 

Housing Strategy and Enabling Manager

Head of Prevention and Wellbeing

Head of Human Resources

Head of Service Wirral Shared Services Project

Head of Service Localities

Head of ICT Shared Service

Head of Service Localities

Head of Provider Services Transformation

Senior Manager Universal School Improvement Services

Director of Localities

Head of Culture and Economy

Head of ICT Strategy

Locality Manager

Senior Legal Manager - Safeguarding and Litigation

Senior Manager Catering and Cleaning

Head of Service Localities

Senior Manager Finance

 

6.            The name of the officials or departments they had meetings
with. Together with the approx times and lengths of the meetings.

 

5 November:

 

7.30pm Dinner and discussion.  Speaker: Alex Thomson CEO Localis. Guests
included: Humain Kobir , Tim Waldron,  Sophie Stephens ,Nick Denys 

 

6 November: 

 

8am – 9.30am : Breakfast Discussion  at Local Government Association,
Smith Square, London SW1

-              Baroness Berridge  of the Vale of Catmose   ‘Working with
the House of Lords’

-              John Willis (Chair of Provide, NHS spin out ) on ‘Leading
Myself and Leading Provide’

9.30am -10.30am : Pradeep Chethi  CEO Social Stock Exchange  - Innovation
In Finance

10.30am to 11.30am: Paul Goodman (Executive Editor of Con Home Website ,
former Conservative  DCLG Shadow Minister and former Deputy  ) ‘The North,
the Centre, the Media and the Coming Election  ‘

12.30 to 2pm   :  Dialogue with Department of Communities and Local
Government  - focus on economic development, economic zones and localism. 
Hosted by Tom Walker (Deputy Director) Head of Enterprise Zones. 
Ministerial pop in TBC

2.30 pm – 3.30pm : Visit to the Westminster Hub and dialogue with Mathew
Blades Principal Economic Development Officer, Westminster City Council.

4pm: Private visit of parliament hosted by staff of Stephen Mossley MP (MP
for Chester)

5pm – 6pm: Meet with Stephen Mossley MP for Chester

 

19 November:

 

7.30 pm Dinner and discussion .  Speakers: Alex Thomson CEO Localis, Mike
Kenny.  Guests included: Promise Campbell , Nick Denys 

 

20 November:

 

8am – 9.00am : Breakfast Discussion  at Local Government Association,
Smith Square, London SW1

-              Baroness Berridge  of the Vale of Catmose   ‘Working with
the House of Lords’

-              John Willis (Chair of Provide, NHS spin out ) on ‘Leading
Myself and Leading Provide’

9.30am -11am :  Meet with Fiona Bruce MP and then private visit to
parliament

11.30am – 1pm: Visit to Foreign Office and UKTI . Hosted by Francis
Campbell (former Ambassador and now Head of Policy for Foreign Office) and
Andrew Mitchell (Director at UKTI)

1pm – 2pm : Lunch at Central Hall

2.15pm – 3.30pm : Visit and discussions with Head of Engagement at Cabinet
Office

3.30pm to 5pm : Visit to Royal Society of Arts and discussions with Public
Services 20:20 Team

6pm to 7pm: Discussions with Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP Shadow Minister for
Employment

 

7.            Whether it involved an overnight stay.

 

Yes, booked in line with the corporate policy on hotel booking

 

8.            The total cost of the whole exercise.

 

Total for the two visits = £11,000 approx

 

I trust that you find this helpful.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Miriam Wallace

 

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

 

 

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Liam Byrne left an annotation ()

Trevor Nunn deserves thanks for exposing this very expensive festive season jolly.

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