FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

16 April 2020

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

Regarding the £10,000 COVID-19 Small Business Grant Fund for businesses with rate relief or rural rate relief:

1. What is the council"s process for communicating with eligible businesses and handling applications?

(e.g automatic payments, businesses notified via letter and asked to apply via link, email notification and link etc.)

2. When were businesses first notified by the council that they may be eligible to apply?

3. What is the payment turnaround time from receipt of application?

4. Is there a staggered process for making payments, and what is the process? (e.g do you deal with first 1000 applications in a block and pay them by a certain date, before moving onto the next 1000 applications etc.)

5. How many businesses within your council jurisdiction are eligible for the grant?

6. How many applications have been received as of April 17 2020?

7. How many applications have been rejected as of April 17 2020?

8. How many businesses have been paid as of April 17 2020?



East Herts Council Response

16 April 2020

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

18 May 2020

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1. Emailing, calling and writing to and publishing on website. Asked to apply via website

2. Displayed details on website 16th March

3. No turnaround time

4. Each one assessed and paid out

5. Estimated 2500

6. 1300

7. rejections not recorded separately as saved to individual files, unable to provide numbers

8. 261

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 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

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

 

Thank you for your request.