GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG PUTS LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ON THE NAUGHTY STEP

The Information Commissioner's Office, the Government watchdog which deals with Freedom of Information issues, have put Lambeth council's FOI team on the naughty step. In a firmly-worded letter the ICO have told the FOI team - following their refusals to answer eight questions put to them by News From Crystal Palace which were then upheld … Continue reading GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG PUTS LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ON THE NAUGHTY STEP

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NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WITHDRAWS EIGHT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEALS FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG’S REQUEST – BUT WE’RE NOT BACKING DOWN

News From Crystal Palace have acceded to a request from the Information Commissioner's Office - the Government watchdog on Freedom of Information requests - to withdraw our appeals relating to eight FOI questions made to Lambeth council. BUT WE'RE NOT BACKING DOWN - FAR FROM IT. News From Crystal Palace will be asking most of … Continue reading NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE WITHDRAWS EIGHT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEALS FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG’S REQUEST – BUT WE’RE NOT BACKING DOWN

INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE LETTER TO LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM

10 July 2019 Dear Sir/Madam Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) Complainant: Mr Jerry Green I am writing to advise that that I have been asked to look at eight complaints submitted by Mr Jerry Green about the way the Council handled various information requests he made. I have gone through the correspondence relating to … Continue reading INFORMATION COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE LETTER TO LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM

“This information is not held; the response was not communicated to other Lambeth council officers or councillors”

The Freedom of Information team at Lambeth council have vehemently denied that an FOI response was communicated either to other Lambeth council officers - or councillors. (Please see separate story CONCERN OVER POSSIBLE DATA PROTECTION BREACHES RAISED BY PEOPLE’S AUDIT LAMBETH) The following is the exchange of emails between Lambeth's FOI team and People's Audit … Continue reading “This information is not held; the response was not communicated to other Lambeth council officers or councillors”

EMAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN PEOPLE’S AUDIT AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM

From: Merrily Rodriguez <lambethinformationrequests@lambeth.gov.uk> Date: Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 2:47 PM Subject: Information request (ref: IR230224) Dear ‎Mr. Morrow‏ Thank you for your request for information received on 19 February 2018 13 March 2018 Our ref: IR230224 Your request and our response According to Lambeth council’s accounts, the following number of employees received remuneration (excluding pension … Continue reading EMAIL EXCHANGES BETWEEN PEOPLE’S AUDIT AND LAMBETH COUNCIL’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM

LAMBETHWATCH: LIBRARY STAFF STRIKE OVER GREENWICH LEISURE TREATMENT (and they’re NOT in Lambeth) / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS / SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS / SPAMBETH

FIFTY library staff have been on strike since June 6th over Greenwich Leisure's alleged treatment of them - and they're not in Lambeth. The strike is in the neighbouring borough of Bromley where Greenwich Leisure run the libraries on behalf of Bromley council. The deal for Greenwich Leisure was announced in a Bromley council press … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: LIBRARY STAFF STRIKE OVER GREENWICH LEISURE TREATMENT (and they’re NOT in Lambeth) / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS / SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS / SPAMBETH

HOW TO ANSWER A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – LAMBETH’S OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FOR FOI CASEWORKERS: “All requests from members of the press must be shown to Press Office before they are dispatched.”

INTRODUCTION: Back in February 2017 News From Crystal Palace introduced readers to a 'spoof' Lambeth council Freedom of Information booklet titled "Fantastic Excuses and when to use them"(Please see: MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE February 24th 2017) which contains 'advice' to their Freedom of Information staff on how to 'deal' with FOI requests. … Continue reading HOW TO ANSWER A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – LAMBETH’S OFFICIAL GUIDANCE FOR FOI CASEWORKERS: “All requests from members of the press must be shown to Press Office before they are dispatched.”

OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

News From Crystal Palace finds itself somewhat bemused by Lambeth council's Freedom of Information caseworkers guide. We currently have EIGHT separate appeals under the Freedom of Information Act being considered by the Information Commissioner's Office on a wide variety of subjects after Lambeth's FOI team refused to answer them. The appeals were lodged back in … Continue reading OPINION: Lambeth’s official guidance says “All Freedom of Information responses must be published on the Disclosure Log”…..

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

The Information Commissioner’s Office have backed Lambeth council over their refusal to answer a Freedom of Information request regarding out-of-hours' building works done at the Carnegie library in Herne Hill. On 24 May 2018, News From Crystal Palace wrote to the council requesting the following information “Please state what works, other than those carried out … Continue reading CARNEGIE LIBRARY: MYSTERY OF WHO CARRIED OUT SECRET WORKS REMAINS AS INFORMATION WATCHDOGS BACK LAMBETH

SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Secret emails about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill have FINALLY been revealed by Lambeth council following a series of Freedom of Information requests by News From Crystal Palace. The only controversial element the emails reveals relates to consultations on a questionnaire issued by the Carnegie library project group / shadow trust board. The freshly disclosed … Continue reading SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW