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SUA: The Arvato Outsourcing Contract - Item 2

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(1) From a date, two years BEFORE the first official involvement of Slough Unitary Authority with Bertelsmann owned Arvato, please list all the perks, freebees, free-of-charge, gifts, presents, invitations and hospitality of any description given by Bertelsmann and/or Arvato and/or agents and/or associates and/or friends of either Bertelsmann or Arvato, to Slough Unitary Authority staff, including senior personnel, and to Slough Unitary Authority councillors including the then Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council.

(2) For example free tickets to sporting events, invitations to dinner and entertainment et cetera. The items I am seeking are anything that those councillors and staff would never ever have received or experienced if Arvato had not entered, or not considered entering, into a money making contract with Slough Unitary Authority.

(3) For those items that occurred after the implementation of the relevant sections of the Bribery Act 2010, why does Slough Unitary Authority consider those items excluded from the Act's remit ?

(4) Please tell me all about senior Slough Unitary Authority staff and/or councillors going to the races, Cheltenham someone helpfully suggested, at the alleged expense of Arvato or persons connected to Arvato. Were bets financed by Arvato interests ?

(5) In respect of Slough Unitary Authority staff and/or councillors, where are these matters - if they actually occurred and are not a figment of someone's imagination - recorded and, if so, how can the public view them ?

(6) For the record I am not referring to the known undeclared hospitality provided by other entities and received by specific council personnel :-)

Mr Janik
News Reporter

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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Dear Mr Janik

 

Please see response below.

 

Regards, SBC FOI Officer 

 

 

 

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(F) I request an impartial internal review, not by any person connected to HB Public Law because I verily believe they are likely to biased and therefore not acting in the best interests of the citizens of Slough, of Slough Unitary Authority's answers.

(G) Slough Unitary Authority's answer to my (1) is confusing and therefore I request clarification:

Date : Description of Action taken by gift/hospitality : member of staff
offered concerned
Declared in Hospitality
November Invite to National register
2012 Business Awards
13/11/12 Declared in Hospitality
26.03.15 Invitation to Slough register Business Awards (see below)
04.10.11 Bouquet of flowers Declared in Hospitality register

(H) Slough Unitary Authority's answer to my (3) is an invalid answer because it ignored my request for information.

(I) Slough Unitary Authority's answer to my (4) is an invalid answer because it ignored my request for information.

(J) Slough Unitary Authority's answer to my (5) is an invalid answer because it ignored my request for information. How can the public view the registers ?

Thank you.

Mr Janik
Lets Improve Slough
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From: _Freedom of Information
Sent: 06 June 2017 16:25
To: '[FOI #408550 email]'
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - SUA: The Arvato Outsourcing
Contract - Item 2 - 10365

 

Dear Mr Janik

 

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_FreedomOfInformation, Slough Borough Council

               

7^th July 2017

 

 

Dear Mr Janik

 

Requests for Internal Reviews of FOIA Decisions – Refusal Notice

 

Thank you for your requests dated 8^th June and two requests dated 10 June
2017 (your ‘Recent Requests’) for internal reviews to your requests of the
14, 24 and 25 May 2017 and the councils responses to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the ‘Act’) requests relating to the Arvato
Outsourcing Contract and the 2016 Penn Report all dated 6^th June 2017.

 

I have been asked to refer you to Roger Parkins letter of [13] June 2017 
which set out in detail why the council considered your 13 April request
to be vexatious under section 14 (1) of the Act.

 

In summary Mr Parkin set out the context of the recent history of your
numerous requests to the council. Since January this year you have
submitted now over 45 requests under the Act to the council, sometimes 2
or more in one day. The council have tried to answer your requests in
accordance with its obligations under the Act and have tried to work with
you to make proportionate use of the Act, including sending you the ICO’s
list of dos and don’ts as a quick reference tool to help requesters make
effective freedom of information requests. 

 

The tone and content of your requests are accusatory and unpleasant. A key
theme of your requests, insofar as there is one, is corruption,
concealment and improper behaviour at the council, and your requests often
target individual council officers without proper justification, as do
your Recent Requests.

 

In reaching a decision to treat your Recent Requests as vexatious the
council can take into account the context and history of your requests, as
this is clearly relevant. The numerous unsubstantiated allegations of
cover-up, wrong doing, incompetence and bribery at the council, is clearly
vexatious and is causing a number of council officers serious distraction,
irritation and distress.

 

Dealing with your constant requests under the Act is also causing the
council a disproportionate and unjustified level of disruption and
diversion of scarce resources when weighed against any evidence about the
serious purpose and value of your requests, including your Recent
Requests. As mentioned a key theme of your requests is a conspiracy based
campaign without any substantive evidence that council officers and senior
individually targeted officers in particular, are guilty of improper
conduct and even fraud and illegality.

 

The Information Commissioner recognises that dealing with unreasonable
requests can place a strain on resources and get in the way of delivering
mainstream services or answering legitimate requests. Furthermore, these
requests can also damage the reputation of the legislation itself.

 

Section 14(1) of the Act is designed to protect public authorities by
allowing them to refuse any requests which have the potential to cause a
disproportionate or unjustified level of disruption, irritation or
distress.

 

The key question that has been considered is whether your Recent Requests
(in context) are likely to cause a disproportionate or unjustified level
of disruption, irritation or distress, and the answer is clearly ‘Yes’.

 

Most of the indicative list of factors making a request vexatious set out
in the ICO’s Guidance on dealing with vexatious request are wholly or
partially present here. Please refer to the 13^th June letter.

 

Therefore, having taken account of the context and history in which your
Recent Requests have been made, the council confirm that they are refusing
to conduct internal reviews of the three responses dated 6^th June 2017,
relying on section 14 (1) of the Act because your Recent Requests are
vexatious. The council have taken into account other requests made by you
and the number and subject matter of those requests. You are placing a
significant strain on the council’s resources by submitting frequent
disparate requests, and your Recent Requests are vexatious and are adding
to that aggregated burden.

 

Given the wider context and history and your past pattern of behaviour the
council conclude that you will continue to make numerous requests of a
similar nature in a similar way with a similar focus, and your Recent
Requests confirm this.

 

The council will not be responding to any further requests from you unless
and until there is a significant change in circumstances.

 

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