FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

13 July 2020

Hi, I’d like to submit a freedom of information request regarding the Small Business Grant Fund that was made available to help businesses during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’.

 

What I’m interested in is for companies whose ‘nature of business’ (SIC) as listed on Companies House falls under:

 

  • 01700 (Hunting, trapping and related service activities)
  • 82990 (Other business support service activities not elsewhere classified)
  • 93199 (Other sports activities)

 

Could you provide a list of:

 

  1. Those that received money from the Small Business Grant Fund between 1 April 2020 and 1 July 2020.
  2. How much these companies received.
  3. The date the grant money was paid to the company.


East Herts Council Response

30 July 2020

Further to your request for Information. It is not possible to provide the Information you requested as it is covered by a Qualified Exemption and the Council considers that it is not in the Public Interest to release the Information.

Section 31 prevention and detection of crime

As the scheme is still live there exists a real probability of the information relating to which business have and have not made a claim for the grant being used for fraudulent purposes

The council recognise that there is public interest in transparency in government spending but we believe there is greater interest in protecting the public purse.

This does not preclude the potential publication of grant spending at a later date when the scheme is no longer live

 

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.

Further Information and Guidance is available from the Information Commissioner at:

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

Telephone 01625 545 700

www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

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

 

Thank you for your request.