Transactions over £500 from April 2019

Spend Network made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk County Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Waiting for an internal review by Norfolk County Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Sir or Madam,

Thank you for publishing your spend data here:https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-an... . However, I notice that you haven't published any spending data since March 2019.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all transactions over £500 from April 2019 to at most a quarter 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

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-346858-X7T7H9

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 10 July 2019.

We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request. If we require clarification regarding your request, we will contact you to explain this. The 20 working day period will then start from the day that we receive your clarification.

You will also be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies of the information.

Please also be aware that, if the requested information contains references to any third parties, we may need to consult these individuals about the release of their personal data before making a decision whether or not to release the information to you.

We will also provide an explanation if any information is not released to you.

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please contact the team by email [email address] or by telephone 01603 222661.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Room 043, County Hall, Norwich

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Ms Homoki
 
Freedom of Information Request ENQ-346858-X7T7H9
 
I refer to your request for information dated 10 July 2019.
 
You asked for:
 
•       Spend Data : All transactions over £500 from April 2019 to at most
a quarter in arrears from the date at which you publish in response to
this request
 
 
Your request has been considered and is refused.  In accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act), this letter acts as a Refusal
Notice.
 
Exemption
 
Section 22(1) of the Act provides an exemption for release of information
if it is intended for future publication.
 
Reason why the exemption applies
 
The exemption applies for the following reasons:
 
The information requested is currently being compiled. Spend data is
published quarterly and is not due to be published until the end of the
month, following the end of the previous quarter.
 
Public Interest Test Reasons
 
The Council has considered whether the public interest is maintaining this
exemption is outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.
 
This Council has considered the following reasons in favour of disclosure:
•       Promoting accountability and transparency by public authorities
for decisions taken by them.
•       Promoting accountability and transparency in the spending of
public money.
 
Balanced against this are the following reasons against disclosure:
•       This information is scheduled to be published in the very near
future
•       To release this information now would involve diverting resources
unnecessarily.
•       To release this information now could result in the release of
inaccurate and misleading data.
 
 
If you are dissatisfied with our handling of your request you have the
right of appeal through the Council’s internal review procedure by setting
out the grounds of your appeal in writing to:
 
[email address]
or Information Compliance Team
Room 043
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DH
 
An appeal should be submitted within 40 working days of the date of this
notice and should be identified as "FOI Appeal".
 
If you are dissatisfied after pursuing the complaints procedure, you may
apply to the Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a
decision whether your request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO
Website at: [1]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a
concern.  Or you can write to them at:
 
First Contact Team
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane, Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Yours sincerely
 
Bev Whittaker, Information Compliance Officer
Information Management
Tel: 01603 638017 | Dept: 01603 222661
Room 43, Lower Ground South, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich
  
 
 
 

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Dear Norfolk County Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

Dear Sir or Madam,

On 10 July 2019, I sent you an FOI request for your expenditure over £25,000 from April 2019 to present. It was allocated the reference ENQ-346858-X7T7H9.

On 25 July 2019, you refused my request citing Section 22 of the FOI Act as grounds for an exemption. The data is still not available on your website.

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

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email.

I can confirm your Freedom of Information Request, ENQ-346858-X7T7H9, has been progressed to the Internal Review stage and assigned to an Information Compliance Manager to complete.

Thank you,

Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Room 043, County Hall, Norwich

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