Dear Norfolk County Council,
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 2020.
We understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic it may not have been a priority to publish your spending data. However, we strongly believe that the spending data is critical to understanding how Government functions and this data is vital for our work. We would be extremely grateful if you could update this information as soon as reasonably possible.
We’ve decided to continue to use the FOI process to request data as this gives us both a formal structure for making and responding to requests. So, I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all transactions over £500 from April 2020 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:
For the avoidance of doubt, I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act. I await your response within 20 working days.
Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-433727-Z8F4V2
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 28 September 2020.
We have up to 20 working days in which to deal with your request; however, the current circumstances relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact on our ability to meet deadlines and so we may take longer to provide you with a response.
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.
Sarah Cooper, Business Support Assistant
Information Compliance Team
Dept: 01603 222661
Bay 7-9, Ground Floor, County Hall, Norwich
Dear Ms Pongracz
Freedom of Information Request ENQ-433727-Z8F4V2
I refer to your request for information dated 28 September 2020.
You asked for:
• all transactions over £500 from April 2020 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
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
We are planning to publish this information by the end of October 2020,
both Apr to June 2020 and Jul to September 2020.
* Public Interest Test Reasons
The Council has considered whether the public interest in 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, whether realised or planned.
Set against this is the fact that this information is held with a view to
its future publication in the coming weeks. To release the information now
would involve additional work for the council and divert funds away from
statutory functions of the Council.
On balance the Council considers that the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosure
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:
[Norfolk County Council request email]
or Information Compliance Team
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: 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
Water Lane, Wilmslow
Bev Whittaker, Senior Information Compliance Officer
Information Compliance Team, Insight and Analytics, Strategy and
Tel Dept: 01603 222661
Bays 7,8 & 9, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane,
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