Dear City of London Corporation,
Please provide an annual breakdown (1980-2019) for the City of London's housing capital expenditure by type of activity (New Build, Renovation..etc) and by source of funding (Basic Credit Approvals, Grants, Capital Receipts...etc).
Dear Abdullah A,
Thank you for your request, below, of 8 November 2019 to the City of London (CoL). In order that we respond to your request correctly we would like you to confirm your full real name.
Name of Applicant
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You will see that the ICO states that “the intention of the legislation is for the requester to provide their real name”, and that “the absence of a real name would make it technically invalid under Section 8(1)(b)” of the FOIA.
The CoL would like confirmation of your full real name.
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Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department
City of London
Tel: 020-7332 1243
Name of Applicant: Abdullah Ahmed
Dear Abdullah Ahmed,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for information of 8 November 2019 and clarification of the same date that your full name is Abdullah Ahmed.
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Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department City of London
Tel: 020-7332 1243
Dear Abdullah Ahmed,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) - INFORMATION REQUEST
Following your request for information of 8 November 2019 and our
acknowledgement of 11 November 2019 the City of London (CoL) responds as
The financial information for the period 1980-1998 relevant to your
request was not stored or recorded digitally. Archived hard copy files are
held for a period of six years in accordance with CoL document retention
polices and are then destroyed. A search of the departmental archive index
of records in store as at January 2005 indicates that this policy has been
Therefore, in accordance with the FOIA section 1(1)(a), the CoL confirms
that it does not hold the information requested for the period
For the period 1999-2019 the analysis you have requested is included in
the Housing Revenue Account section of the attached annual financial
statements, all of which include the necessary information at the summary
level you have specified.
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“Please provide an annual breakdown (1980-2019) for the City of London's
housing capital expenditure by type of activity (New Build,
Renovation...etc) and by source of funding (Basic Credit Approvals,
Grants, Capital Receipts...etc). “
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