Wirral Councils relationship/contract with Biffa Waste Services

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
What is Wirral Councils relationship/contract with Biffa Waste Services?

Yours faithfully,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Scott

 

Thank you for your enquiry.

 

Wirral Council's street cleansing, refuse collection and recycling
services are carried out by Biffa under the terms of the contract
published at the following link:

[1]https://procontract.due-north.com/Contra...

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [2][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [3]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Lynette Patterson,
thank you for you prompt reply, out of the Estimated annual value of £11,439,000.00 how is this figure broken down into each service they are charging for? Also why are Wirral Council contracting in a company instead of providing waste management services internally as a local council?

Yours sincerely,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Scott

 

The main contract budget for 21/22 is £11,331,600.00.

 

This is broken down into two elements;

 

Street cleansing - £3,863,000.00

Waste Collection -  £7,468,600.00

 

Decisions relating to procurement are among the most important decisions
that can be made by the Council, its Members and Officers because the
money involved is public money and the efficient use of resources in order
to achieve Best Value is imperative.  In 2004 the Council supplied a bid
for an in house service.  However, the tender was awarded to Biffa as the
overall winning bid for the contract.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
could you provide a breakdown of the street cleaning 1st please. So that's how many people are employed, how much their wages cost PA, how many vehicles, trollies etc, how many replacement brushes PA etc etc I hope you fully understand that I am requesting a full and detailed breakdown on where the 3.8 million pounds is being spent. Once you have provide me with this information I will be requesting the same detailed breakdown for refuse collection.

Thank you for your current response.

Best wishes

Scott

Yours sincerely,

Scott

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT, could you confirm that you have received my request (what relationship does wirral council have with biffa waste services) and tell me when you are going to respond.

Yours sincerely,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Scott

A response was sent on 7 June 2022, prompting a further enquiry from you and that enquiry is not due for a response until 5 July 2022.

We will respond by the due date.

Yours sincerely

Lynette Paterson
Principal Information Management Officer
Wirral Council
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

Email: [Wirral Borough Council request email]

Visit our website: www.wirral.gov.uk

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Scott

Yes we have received your FOI and are in the process - we will endeavour to issue a response by the 5/7/22

Many thanks

Emma Murphy

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InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Scott

 

We write in response to your follow up enquiry of 7 June 2022 and
apologise for the delay in doing so.

 

Please find response and information provided from Biffa in relation to
your questions.

 

Staff - 74

Vehicles - please find attached

Replacement equipment/tools/bags for the period annually.

Bags - 893,600

Sweeper brushes - 2,882

Brushes - 167

Shovels - 182

 

Wirral Council do not hold any information in relation to the salaries of
Biffa employees.  You should re-direct your enquiry directly to Biffa.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Resources – Digital and Improvement

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
thank you for your reply. Without a breakdown of costs the information provided is unhelpful. The original FOI request was quite clear that I require a breakdown of costs, especially road sweeping and drainage maintenance.

I'm pretty sure that when Biffa submitted their tender for the contract they would have provided you with all costs including wages.

How many other companies submitted a tender for the contract?

Yours sincerely,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Scott

 

Thank you for your email of 27 August 2022.

 

The current contract cost for street cleansing is £4,328,930.22.  No
further breakdown of costs will be provided as that information is
commercially sensitive and could be used/passed on to gain an unfair
advantage in future procurement exercises. The Council considers that
disclosure of the information would be likely to prejudice the commercial
interests both of the public authority and its suppliers and that its
disclosure may also affect the Council’s ability to do business in future.
This part of your request is therefore refused under the exemption
contained in section 43 (2) of The Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

In response to your other points, we can confirm that:

 

- drainage maintenance is not included within the street cleansing
contract - this is managed by Highways. 

- there were two tenders received for the waste collection and street
cleansing contract in 2006 - Veolia and Biffa.

 

You have the right under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to ask for an internal review of the above refusal. Please direct any
request for an internal review to [1][Wirral Borough Council request email] and
your request will be allocated to an independent officer for review. You
also have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, if you
are dissatisfied with the outcome of any internal review, further
information can be found at  [2]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Resources – Digital and Improvement

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [4]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Wirral Councils relationship/contract with Biffa Waste Services'.

I believe my request is not unreasonable, and the excuse used to deny my request is weak and unreasonable. if another company wanted to put a tender in for the contract, they would already know the information I'm requesting! I wish to know where over 4 million pounds get spent on street cleaning. Please define street cleaning and provide a breakdown of costs for the equipment used and how many staff are employed in this department, this will include the full spectrum from ground workers to management including their roles. Also, who is answerable when the job isn't done right?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

Yours faithfully,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information Act, which has been received by Wirral Borough Council.

In accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a requester should provide their name for a request to be processed (please see the guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office below):

What constitutes a real name?
We consider that a relatively informal approach is also appropriate in this context. Therefore, title and/or first name with surname satisfies the requirement for provision of a real name, as does the use by a female applicant of her maiden name. The prime consideration is whether enough of a person's full name has been provided to give a reasonable indication of that person's identity.

Example:
Mr Arthur Thomas Roberts could satisfy Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA by stating his name in a request for information as "Arthur Roberts", "A. T. Roberts", or "Mr Roberts", but not by stating his name as "Arthur" or "A.T.R."

In most cases, it will be reasonable for a real name to comprise a name by which the person making the request is widely known and/or is regularly used by that person and which is not an obvious pseudonym or fictitious name.

Once Wirral Borough Council are in receipt of your full name, your request will be passed to the relevant department and we will aim to issue a substantive response within 20 working days.

Yours sincerely,

Information Management Team

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
can you advise why a surname is required for this FOI request please?
Can you advise why the link to the quoted sections doesn't work please?
My friends call me Scott; associates call me Scott, anyone who knows my name calls me Scott. If I haven't seen someone in a while and bump into them, they don't say "Hi Scott Williams, how are you today", they say "Hi Scott, how are you today". This is and I Quote. "In most cases, it will be reasonable for a real name to comprise a name by which the person making the request is widely known and/or is regularly used by that person". I have no real need other than the bank and bills who I barely contact to regularly use my surname.
This FOI request is for public knowledge and interest only!

Yours sincerely,

Scott

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir

 

We would again draw your attention to the ICO guidance as to what
constitutes a real name shown below :

 

What constitutes a real name?

We consider that a relatively informal approach is also appropriate in
this context. Therefore, title and/or first name with surname satisfies
the requirement for provision of a real name, as does the use by a female
applicant of her maiden name. The prime consideration is whether enough of
a person's full name has been provided to give a reasonable indication of
that person's identity.

 

Example:

Mr Arthur Thomas Roberts could satisfy Section 8(1)(b) of the FOIA by
stating his name in a request for information as "Arthur Roberts", "A. T.
Roberts", or "Mr Roberts", but not by stating his name as "Arthur" or
"A.T.R."

 

To be considered a valid request, it must comply with the requirements of
Section 8 FOIA.  Further information can be found at
[1]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio....
Should you wish to complain to the ICO in this regard, you may do so at
[2]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Resources – Digital and Improvement

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [3][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [4]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
The full name you requested was in my last response!

Yours sincerely,

Scott