“IS LAMBETH STILL A CO-OPERATIVE COUNCIL?” – and other new Freedom of Information requests to Lambeth council

Latest FOI requests to Lambeth council include the following: Jason Cobb 2 August 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, I would like to know if Lambeth Council is still a Co-operative Council.   If so, please can you give examples of recent policy in the past six months that reflects this model. Thank you. Yours faithfully, … Continue reading “IS LAMBETH STILL A CO-OPERATIVE COUNCIL?” – and other new Freedom of Information requests to Lambeth council

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LAMBETH’S LATEST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WHEEZE: “WE DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION”

...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 … Continue reading LAMBETH’S LATEST FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WHEEZE: “WE DON’T HAVE THIS INFORMATION”

LAMBETH COUNCIL’S SHOCK ADMISSION: WE GOT IT WRONG ON LEASEHOLDERS – TWICE!

More than 800 leaseholders living on Lambeth estates were sent payment requests totalling almost £540,000 for works which were never carried out, Lambeth council have admitted. Five leaseholders ended up forking out more than £5,450.80 The admission comes in response to a follow-up answer from Lambeth council’s Freedom of Information team which initially admitted 350 … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL’S SHOCK ADMISSION: WE GOT IT WRONG ON LEASEHOLDERS – TWICE!

LAMBETHWATCH SPECIAL: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT QUESTION – ONE “The public interest means what is in the best interests of the public not what is of interest to the public.”  

These are some of the questions put to Lambeth council's Freedom of Information team in recent months. FOI rules state the council must answer an FOI question within 20 working days. If you're planning on asking an FOI question, you may find the following helpful. NB: Some responses may have been received from Lambeth's FOI … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH SPECIAL: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT QUESTION – ONE “The public interest means what is in the best interests of the public not what is of interest to the public.”  

LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL TWO: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING AN FOI QUESTION TWO – JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR TOP 68 WAGE EARNERS? WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO ANSWER THAT

Indar Picton-Howell 13 February 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, The draft accounts for 2016/17 show that another 40 staff were paid over £80,000 p.a., compared to the previous year. Please could you supply the job description for each of these persons. Yours faithfully, Indar Picton-Howell Lambeth’s response I can confirm that we have reviewed your … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL TWO: HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING AN FOI QUESTION TWO – JOB DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR TOP 68 WAGE EARNERS? WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO ANSWER THAT

LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: THREE – SOMETIMES LAMBETH COUNCIL LET THE PROVERBIAL CAT OUT OF THE BAG……

Peter Lennard 4 February 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Please could you advise me how many of the 350 Lambeth Council leaseholders that received payment request letters in 2017, as referred to in the answer to Freedom of Information request number IR225666, were living in properties that had no Major Works carried out on them … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL: THREE – SOMETIMES LAMBETH COUNCIL LET THE PROVERBIAL CAT OUT OF THE BAG……

LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL:  FOUR – THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS…..

Among the questions currently awaiting an answer...... From: Will Minto 29 April 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Please provide me with the allowances paid to councillors, including the special responsibility allowances. The current list on your website (https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default... appears to be considerably out of date. From: Tom Keene 18 April 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION SPECIAL:  FOUR – THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS…..

LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Back in October News From Crystal Palace ran a piece about Lambeth People's Audit meeting MP Marcus Jones at the House of Commons with Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall. Someone has now made a Freedom of Information request asking what went on at the meeting. Given their history of not wanting to answer Freedom of … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: WATCHDOG SLAMS LAMBETH 

The Information Commissioner’s Office have told Lambeth council to issue a fresh response to a Freedom of Information request about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill made by News From Crystal Palace. And that new response must NOT rely on the Environmental Information Regulation which Lambeth council used to refuse the request, say the ICO. The … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: WATCHDOG SLAMS LAMBETH 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TWO – “THE COUNCIL DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE TARGETED ITS SEARCHES APPROPRIATELY” – ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office report says: 40. In the Commissioner's view, the council does not appear to have targeted its searches appropriately. It is not clear, for instance, whether the council has sought to identify those individuals who would have been members of the Carnegie Community Trust at the relevant period. This organisation is still … Continue reading FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TWO – “THE COUNCIL DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE TARGETED ITS SEARCHES APPROPRIATELY” – ICO