…which is rather strange because…
On May 3 2018 News From Crystal Palace ran a short piece headlined: LAMBETHWATCH: HEALTHY LIVING CENTRES MOVE AGREED ‘IN PRINCIPLE’ MONTHS BEFORE CULTURE 2020 SAY PEOPLE’S AUDIT
The story, which accompanied the image above, read: Peoples Audit @PeoplesAudit Tweeted: Case study in the importance of #transparency: former Lambeth CEO agreed library ‘healthy living centre’ idea in principle at a private meeting months before public consultation for Culture 2020 – Carnegie Library works alone now expected to cost c.£3 million.
In the wake of that, News From Crystal Palace made a Freedom of Information request to Lambeth. Here’s Lambeth’s answer:
12 July 2018
Our ref: IR241626
Thank you for your request for information received on 23 May 2018. We have considered this request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Please accept our apologies for the delayed response.
Your Request: Emails/correspondence dated April 2015 between GLL & Phoenix House stating ” I would like to meet with you to begin discussions around detailed proposals for the library sites which have been identified as potential healthy living centres”
Please supply any correspondence/reports which identify the library sites as potential healthy living centres
Our Response: We do not hold the requested information.
You couldn’t make it up. News From Crystal Palace aree now requesting an internal review into Lambeth’s latest headshaking decision. We’ll keep you posted.
One final thought: If Lambeth don’t hold the requested information… why did it take them so long to respond?
Further reading: MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE February 24th 2017