LAMBETH: “WE MAY CONSIDER FUTURE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTIONS ABOUT CARNEGIE LIBRARY VEXATIOUS”

LAMBETH: “WE MAY CONSIDER FUTURE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTIONS ABOUT CARNEGIE LIBRARY VEXATIOUS”

Lambeth council say they may consider any further Freedom of Information requests made about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill by the writer of this piece as “vexatious” or “manifestly unreasonable.”

This utterly outrageous response comes in three separate answers given by Lambeth council’s FOI team about the Carnegie Community Trust and a funding grant of almost £40,000 it was given in the financial year 2014-15. (Please see story immediately above).

(The questions were – surprisingly given Lambeth council’s track record on not answering some FOI questions – answered in full.)

But Lambeth council then added the following rider to all three answers:

“We note that you have now submitted a significant amount of requests regarding this issue.

“Any further similar requests may be considered under either Regulation 12 EIR (Environmental Information Regulations) or Section 14 FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) as “manifestly unreasonable” or “vexatious”.

Whether this is just Lambeth using another of those “Fantastic Excuses and when to use them”* not to answer FOI requests remains to be seen.

The questions related to £39,995 given to the Carnegie Community Trust in the financial year 2014-15 by the Co-operative Borough Fund , an answer which had already been established in an FOI request by Bruno Combelles, a Herne Hill resident.

News From Crystal Palace wanted to know what the £39,955.95 given to the organisation/group now known as Carnegie Community Trust in the financial year 2014-2015 was for.

News From Crystal Palace also wanted to know if any other monies had been given to the trust by the fund in 2014-15 and other years (there weren’t any), and who the current members of the Co-operative Borough Fund are.

(In their answers Lambeth explain that the fund no longer exists and there has been no replacement. It became the Cooperative Investment Fund, but this has also finished).

The writer of this piece has now requested an internal review and has copied his request to both members of the council’s corporate committee and to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the government’s FOI watchdog.

Further reading on your News From Crystal Palace website:

LAMBETHWATCH – UTTERLY BONKERS PART TWO: Lambeth council’s latest reason for refusing a Freedom of Information request:  “PEOPLE NOT INTERESTED IN SECRET CARNEGIE LIBRARY GROUP” (And estate agents should note that Herne Hill is in a wetlands area.) July 12, 2017

*MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE February 24, 2017 (which includes: “Fantastic Excuses and when to use them”)

LAMBETH COUNCIL’S UTTERLY BONKERS REASONS FOR NOT ANSWERING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS…….(updated version) February 17, 2017

LAMBETH CHIEF EXECUTIVE QUITS

Sean Harriss has resigned as the chief executive of Lambeth council following a period of ill-health, it was announced today (Oct 6).

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “Sean was very committed to the role, and his enthusiastic personality meant that staff throughout the organisation will have fond memories of working with him.

“His resignation is a loss to Lambeth, especially given the amount of work the organisation is currently undertaking.”

Mr Harriss started work at Lambeth Council in March, 2015 and has been off work since June this year.

Lambeth Council has convened an appointments panel to seek an interim chief executive with its recommendations expected to be considered at the meeting of Council on October 18. Once an interim is appointed Lambeth council intends to start work on appointing permanently to the post. (Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)

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