Tweeting, blogging and filming in Council meetings

Aled Griffiths made this Freedom of Information request to Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

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Aled Griffiths

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide copies of
all:
A) standing orders
B) policies
C) discussions (emails / memos)

relating to the following:

1) filming of council meetings
2) tweeting at council meetings
3) blogging of council meetings

In respect of this request, "council meeting" shall refer to
meetings of the full council, cabinet & committee meetings where
members of the public are permitted to attend. It shall not include
any meetings (or part of) where the public are not permitted to
attend (e.g. closed sessions.)

If answers to part of this request are already published in a
public place, please provide links to the location where they can
be accessed online by persons not residing within Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.

If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others,
please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the
entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using
exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have
used.

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request,
please contact me via email.

Yours faithfully,

Aled Griffiths

Wilkins, Andrew \(Legal\), Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Dear Sirs

Further to your request for information below I refer you to the
folllowing links on the Council website:-

Page 2:-

[1]http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/councildemoc...

Page 4:-

[2]http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/councildemoc...

Kind regards

Corporate Governance Unit
On behalf of Legal and Democratic Services Director
Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

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Aled Griffiths

Dear Wilkins, Andrew (Legal),

Thank you for your prompt response. Could you clarify the following:

1. Has there been discussions as to why prior permission of the mayor should be obtained by either councillors or members of the public before filming council meetings?

2. Have there been requests to film council meetings

3. If there have been requests to film council meetings, how many requests have been granted, and how many have been denied?

Yours sincerely,

Aled Griffiths

Aled Griffiths

Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide copies of
all:

A) policies
B) discussions (emails / memos)

relating to the following:

1) criterea applied to deciding whether members of the public may film council meetings

In respect of this request, "council meeting" shall refer to
meetings of the full council, cabinet & committee meetings where
members of the public are permitted to attend. It shall not include
any meetings (or part of) where the public are not permitted to
attend (e.g. closed sessions.)

If answers to part of this request are already published in a
public place, please provide links to the location where they can
be accessed online by persons not residing within Rhondda Cynon Taff.

If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others,
please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the
entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using
exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have
used.

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request,
please contact me via email.

Yours faithfully,

Aled Griffiths

Gummer, Claire, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Dear Mr Griffiths

Thank you for your request for information which is receiving attention.

I shall look into this matter and shall contact you again in due course.

Yours sincerely

Claire

Claire Gummer
Corporate Governance Team
Legal & Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taff C.B.C.
The Pavilions
Cambrian Park
Clydach Vale
Tonypandy
CF40 2XX

Tel: (01443) 424111
Fax: (01443) 424114
Email: [email address]

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Dear Claire Gummer,
Unfortunately you have not responded to my Freedom of Information request within the 20 working days as outlined under the Act. I would like to request an internal review into the handling of this request.

Specifically I would like you to review why you have been unable to
respond to my request within the required time limit as outlined in
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Aled Griffiths

Gummer, Claire, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

Dear Mr Griffiths

Thank you for your email.

Your request for an internal review has been passed to the Council's
Service Director for Legal & Democratic Services who will respond to you
shortly.

Yours sincerely

Claire

Claire Gummer
Corporate Governance Team
Legal & Democratic Services
Rhondda Cynon Taff C.B.C.
The Pavilions
Cambrian Park
Clydach Vale
Tonypandy
CF40 2XX

Tel: (01443) 424111
Fax: (01443) 424114
Email: [email address]

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Llewellyn, Julie A, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

THIS E-MAIL IS SENT ON BEHALF OF CHRISTOPHER JONES - SERVICE DIRECTOR
LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICES

Dear Mr. Griffiths,

I refer to your email of 16 July 2011 requesting an internal review of a
freedom of information that you submitted in relation to filming and
recording of council meetings.

As the Service Director for Legal and Democratic Services it falls to me
to consider such matters where a request has been made to review how the
freedom of information request was originally handled.

I have today spoken with the relevant department and they have informed me
that your initial request dated 16 June 2011 was responded to on 17 June
2011. With regard to your second request of the same subject dated 23
June 2011, I set out below the following links which provides you with the
relevant information.

[1]http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/councildemoc...

[2]http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/councildemoc...

As you will see, this information is the same as what was previously sent
to you on the 17 June 2010. This is because no other information is
held that relates to the filming and recording of council meetings.

May I point out that at the time of your email of 16 July 2011 your
Freedom of Information Request of 23 June 2011 was still within the
statutory 20 working days as set out in the FOIA.

I trust this clarifies the Council's position on this matter.

As you may be aware you may now, if you remain dissatisfied, appeal to the
Information Commissioner. You will find further details of the process on
his website at [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely,

Christopher B. Jones

Service Director Legal and Democratic Services

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