Transactions over £500 from January 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.

The request was successful.

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 December 2018.

I'd like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for all transactions over £500 from January 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 Afternoon,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-331776-Y5L9X3

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received on 09 May 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-331776-Y5L9X3

I refer to your request for information dated 9 May 2019.

You asked for:

•All transactions over £500 from January 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 and it will be published as soon as it is available at the following location:-

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-an...

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: 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 9 May 2019, I sent you a FOI request for your expenditure over £500 from January 2019 to present. It was allocated the reference ENQ-331776-Y5L9X3.

On 6 June 2019, you refused my request citing Section 22 of the FOI Act as grounds for an exemption.

However, the local government transparency code states:
Part 2.1: Information to be published quarterly
26. Data covered by this section includes expenditure exceeding £500 (see paragraphs 28 and 29) Government Procurement Card transactions (paragraph 30), and procurement information (see paragraphs 31 and 32).
27. The data and information referred to in this Part (2.1) must be:
first published within a period of three months from the date on which the local authority last published that data under the Local Government Transparency Code 201413 and not later than one month after the quarter to which the data and information is applicable
published quarterly thereafter and on each occasion not later than one month after the quarter to which the data and information is applicable.

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

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-331776-Y5L9X3, 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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Spicer, Lesley, Norfolk County Council

Dear Ms Homoki

 

I have now completed my review of our response to your request.  The
Council is aware of the requirement to publish spend data and regularly
does so.  The data you requested was late in being published due to
pressures within the team that prepares the reports for publishing.  The
data is now published at
[1]https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-an...

 

Kind regards

 

Lesley Spicer, Information Compliance Manager 

Information Compliance Team

Tel: 01603 222661

Room 043, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH 

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Dear Spicer, Lesley,

Thank you for the provided information, I appreciate the cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Spend Network