Transactions over £25,000 from May 2019

Spend Network made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for publishing your spend data here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collection.... However, I notice that you haven't published any spending data since April 2019.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all transactions over £25,000 from May 2019 to a month 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,

Dora Homoki

Spend Network

Despatch Box, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

                            
Our reference: 4427614             Information request

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Despatch Box, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

                            
Our reference: 4427614             Information request

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Dear D. Homoki
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 2 September 2019 requesting information on
transactions over £25,000 from May 2019.
 
I am dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and aim to send you a response by 30 September 2019.
 
If you have any questions, please ask by return email. Please leave the
subject line unchanged when replying, to make sure your email gets
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Yours faithfully
 

FOI Team

Knowledge and Information Access

Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

0303 444 0000

 
 
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Despatch Box, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

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Our reference: 4427614             Information request

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Dear Dora Homoki
 
Thank you for your request for information concerning  Thank you for
publishing your spend data here:
https://gbr01.safelinks.protection.outlo....
However, I notice that you haven't published any spending data since April
2019.
I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information act for all
transactions over £25,000 from May 2019 to a month 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://gbr01.safelinks.protection.outlo.....
 
Unfortunately I am unable to provide this information. I have attached my
formal response which sets out the reasons for this.
 
Knowledge and Information Access Team
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
 
 
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Dear Sir or Madam,

On 2 September 2019, I sent you an FOI request for your expenditure over £25,000 from May 2019 to present. It was allocated the reference 4427614.

On 30 September 2019, you refused my request citing Section 22 of the FOI Act as grounds for an exemption.

However, the guidance for publishing spend data for government departments states:
2.10 Spend is to be published one month in arrears, ie by the last working day of the month following the month to which the data relates. If the data is available before the end of the month, it should be published as soon as the department has cleared it for release. This data is to be published in individual monthly files.
2.11 You should not hold up the publication of your data where you have unresolved individual queries. You should publish the cleared data within the publication timescales, and amend the data at a later date if necessary. See section 2.5 for further detail on applying redactions to the data.

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

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,

Dora Homoki

Spend Network

Despatch Box, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

                            
Our reference: 4427614             Information request

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Dear Dora Homoki
 
Internal review under the 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 8 October 2019. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
I am considering your concerns and will aim to provide you with a response
by 4 December 2019.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
MHCLG FOI Team (Internal Reviews)
 
 
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Despatch Box, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

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Dear Dora Homoki,
 
Thank you for your request for a review received on 8 October 2019. I am
sorry that you are dissatisfied with our attempts to handle your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
 
We have attached our formal response to this email.
 
If you are unhappy with the outcome of this internal review, you can ask
the independent Information Commissioner to investigate. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at email address [1][email address] or
use their online form at [2]ico.org.uk/concerns or call them on 0303 123
1113.
 
 
Yours faithfully,
 
MHCLG FOI Internal Review Team
 
 
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