FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

25 July 2018

Please can you provide the following under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Please complete my request by completing a column in the shared spreadsheet, or the attached excel file, and then rename the document with your organisation in the title to send back to me, including the following information

 

The name of your department / authority

 

For the years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 Please can you tell me:

- The full budget of the authority

- The amount paid to external contractors or agencies for the provision of council services (IE: services which were once provided by council employees.

- The amount spend on services provided in house

 

For the financial year 2017-18 please also provide a list of the council’s external contractors who provide a service for or on behalf of the council (by such a service I mean one which was or may have previously been provided by employees of the council)

                If this information is not accessible in a way that determine spending on contractors for council services, please provide a full list of the council’s contractors.

 

In this list (shown in my table attached) please include:

- The company name of the contractor

- A description of the service provided (I have provided three rows to be compatible with typical transactional reports)

- The value of the contract

 



East Herts Council Response

26 July 2018

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

22 August 2018

Further to your request for Information it is not possible to provide the information you requested as it is covered by an Absolute Exemption.

Section 21: Information already reasonably accessible.

Authority budges and financial data (including spending)  is published here

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/article/35599/Statement-of-Accounts--Annual-Audit

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/councilspending

Our contracts register is published here

https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/article/35630/Contract-Register

For more information regarding this exemption is available here:

http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/freedom_of_information/guide/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Detailed_specialist_guides/information-reasonably-accessible-to-the-applicant-by-other-means-sec21.pdf

 

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 17 this document acts as a Refusal Notice and the Information requested cannot be released.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

I apologise that your request cannot be met and should you have any further queries or information needs in the future then please contact me.