Strategic Partnership for Support Services

Paul Staples made this Freedom of Information request to Stoke on Trent City Council

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The request was refused by Stoke on Trent City Council.

Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

The City Council used consultants such as the Tribal group to
examine procuring a Strategic Partnership for Support Services, I
believe the proposal for outsourcing of back office workers is no
longer a viable proposition, can you now make available:

The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved
in around 2005 onwards to look at approving a Strategic Partnership
for Support Services and a move to Hanley, along with the Officers
reports to approve and the officers reports to Councillors?

The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved
in around 2010 to which looked at discontinuing the Strategic
Partnership for Support Services and with the move to Hanley, along
with the Officers reports to discontinue and the officers reports
to Councillors??

As well as the proposal no longer being an option and hence the
information will no longer have any impact on the past discontinued
scheme, Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed
development for which the local planning authority may grant itself
planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town & Country
Planning General Regulations 1992(a).

Yours faithfully,

Paul Staples

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Staples

Your request for information ref. SOT22493

Thank you for your request for information about reports in connection
with the proposed relocation to the central business district.  Your
request was received by the Information Rights Team on 15 February 2013. 
This is being dealt with under the terms of the appropriate Information
Rights legislation.

In some circumstances we may charge for information.  If there is a charge
we will let you know, as you will have to pay it before we deal with your
request.

Some information does not have to be released under this legislation.  We
will check the information you have asked for and send you as much as
possible.  If another person or organisation is named in the information,
we may have to ask their opinion before we decide what we can give you.

 

You should expect to receive a response to your request on or before 15
March 2013 in line with the legislation's 20 working day statutory
deadline.

 

For your information we may publish the response to your request on our
City Council's website, which can be found at the following address:
[1]www.stoke.gov.uk.

 

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

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights

 

Information Rights | Corporate Services

Civic Centre Glebe Street

Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

GF23 Stoke Town Hall  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

t 01782 232853

e [2][Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

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FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Staples

Your request for information ref. SOT22493

 

Thank you for your request for information about consultants used by the
Council.  Your request was received by the Information Rights Team on 15
February 2013.  This is being dealt with under the terms of the
appropriate Information Rights legislation.

 

The Council are currently dealing with the same request with the same text
under another reference.

 

As this request is identical to the earlier request and considering the
timescale of both requests it is subject to Section 14(2) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 relating to repeated requests so the council will
not respond to your request for information.

 

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

 

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: Information Rights Manager, Customer Feedback and
Information Rights Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Corporate Services,
Corporate Services, Floor 2, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent,
ST4 1HH or email [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. Generally, the Information
Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have already used our
appeal 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
www.ico.gov.uk/complaints.aspx.

 

 

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

Yours sincerely

 

Information Rights

 

Information Rights | Corporate Services

Civic Centre Glebe Street

Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

GF23 Stoke Town Hall  Glebe Street  Stoke-on-Trent  ST4 1HH

t 01782 232853

e [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

 

 

 

 

     Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

    

     The City Council used consultants such as the Tribal group to

     examine procuring a Strategic Partnership for Support Services, I

     believe the proposal for outsourcing of back office workers is no

     longer a viable proposition, can you now make available:

    

     The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved

     in around 2005 onwards to look at approving a Strategic Partnership

     for Support Services and a move to Hanley, along with the Officers

     reports to approve and the officers reports to Councillors?

    

     The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved

     in around 2010 to which looked at discontinuing the Strategic

     Partnership for Support Services and with the move to Hanley, along

     with the Officers reports to discontinue and the officers reports

     to Councillors??

    

     As well as the proposal no longer being an option and hence the

     information will no longer have any impact on the past discontinued

     scheme, Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed

     development for which the local planning authority may grant itself

     planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town &

     Country

     Planning General Regulations 1992(a).

    

     Yours faithfully,

    

     Paul Staples

 

 

For information about gritting, winter driving, and services during the
snow, please go to [1]www.stoke.gov.uk
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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 'Strategic Partnership for Support Services'.

You have refused on the basis that this request is identical to a previous request under s14(2) FOIA.

However if you read s14(2) you will see it is specifically only applicable to "a subsequent identical or substantially similar request from that person" where that person is the person who made the earlier request.

Although I am of course aware of the earlier request I have no connection whatsoever with, and do not know, the person who made that request. You should either provide me with the information - or a link to it if the previous request has been answered, or a proper refusal notice under s17.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Staples

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Staples

SOT22493 Freedom of Information Internal Review regarding your request for information about Strategic Partnership for Support Services

Thank you for your correspondence requesting an Internal Review, which was received on 10 March 2013, regarding your request for information about Strategic Partnership for Support Services.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an internal review is not a statutory requirement and there is no statutory timescale for the Council to respond. However the Council will conduct an internal review as recommended by the Section 45 Code of Practice. It does aim to deal with these quickly and where possible within 20 working days. However sometimes this is not possible, but please be assured that we will conduct a review and you will receive a response.

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

Yours sincerely,
Information Rights

Louise Kelly, Information Rights Manager
Customer Feedback & Information Rights Team, Corporate Services
City of Stoke-on-Trent
Floor 2, Civic Centre Glebe Street Stoke on Trent ST4 1HH
T: 01782 235965
e: [Stoke on Trent City Council request email]

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Alan Stead, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Staples

I am sorry that you were not  satisfied with the response by Stoke City
Council to your request and ,as requested, I have now had the opportunity
to review the decision and find as follows:-

 

You made a request for information which, for clarity, is pasted below.

‘The City Council used consultants such as the Tribal group to

     examine procuring a Strategic Partnership for Support Services, I

     believe the proposal for outsourcing of back office workers is no

     longer a viable proposition, can you now make available:

    

     The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved

     in around 2005 onwards to look at approving a Strategic Partnership

     for Support Services and a move to Hanley, along with the Officers

     reports to approve and the officers reports to Councillors?

    

     The reports produced by Tribal and any other Consultants involved

     in around 2010 to which looked at discontinuing the Strategic

     Partnership for Support Services and with the move to Hanley, along

     with the Officers reports to discontinue and the officers reports

     to Councillors??

    

     As well as the proposal no longer being an option and hence the

     information will no longer have any impact on the past discontinued

     scheme, Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed

     development for which the local planning authority may grant itself

     planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town &

     Country

     Planning General Regulations 1992(a).’

 

The Council responded as follows:-

‘Thank you for your request for information about consultants used by the
Council.  Your request was received by the Information Rights Team on 15
February 2013.  This is being dealt with under the terms of the
appropriate Information Rights legislation.

The Council are currently dealing with the same request with the same text
under another reference.

 

As this request is identical to the earlier request and considering the
timescale of both requests it is subject to Section 14(2) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 relating to repeated requests so the council will
not respond to your request for information.’

 You have appealed this decision with the argument that section 14(2)
relates to a request by the same person and that you have no connection
with the first requester.

 

I have reviewed the Council’s decision in the light of advice given by the
Information Commissioner, the regulator for Information Rights matters,
and would agree that section 14(2) relates to the same requester and so
the original decision was not sound.

 

However there are two issues which need to be addressed in relation to
this request. The first is that of copyright, information provided under
Information Rights legislation can be used by a requester for personal
use. The requester is not permitted to reissue the information or to
publish the information to the public without the provision of a licence
issued under The Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations. The  web
site used to make the request, Whatdotheyknow.com, is very useful to
requesters and normally presents few problems when responding ,however the
site advises public authorities that information sent to a requester is
published to the public and so, for certain information, this would
require the issue of a licence ( probably at a cost). The way around this
problem would be for the requester to supply a private email address to
the Council and the information would be sent to this.

 

The second issue is if the request is actually vexatious in line with the
guidance issued by the Commissioner. Requests from a group of individuals
which are identical or similar to other requests can be seen as being
vexatious as they could be viewed as being a campaign. In this particular
instance the request made by yourself was word perfect to the one made by
the original requester and very similar to other requests made for the
same information by other requesters. The subsequent requests, including
your own, were also made a significant milestones during the original
request, when reuse information was requested, extension of time,
provision of the information   which would all suggest a coordinated
approach to the requests and possibly a way to circumvent the licence
issue with the Reuse Regulations. The Council responded to the original
requester but considers that the subsequent requests should be exempt
under section 14(1).

 

As such it is considered that the Council did apply the Section 14
exemption properly but should have quoted section 14(1) rather than 14 (2)
and therefore your appeal is upheld in part but the information cannot be
supplied as explained above.

 

If you are still not content with this response you  are encouraged to
appeal to the Information Commission at the address supplied previously.

 

Regards

 

Alan Stead

For FOI Team

 

    

For information about gritting, winter driving, and services during the
snow, please go to [1]www.stoke.gov.uk
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Stoke-on-Trent City Council trade waste services. A locally based,
friendly service at competitive prices. To find out more visit
stoke.gov.uk/tradewaste or for a quote contact [2][email address]

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Our vision is to provide Excellent Services, Valued by Customers, if you
think we have given you a good service, please click here to find out
about our awards: [3]www.stoke.gov.uk/wowawards
 

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