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

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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

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

The following is the correspondence relating to News From Crystal Palace's Freedom of Information appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office: (Abbreviations: EIR Environmental Information regulations; FOIA Freedom of Information Act) On December 3rd 2018 the ICO wrote: Between 17 January 2017 and 4 September 2017 you submitted 14 separate requests for information to the Council. … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

 A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTION LAMBETH HAVE ANSWERED: “Lambeth council welcomes the input and involvement of its customers in decision making and shaping the libraries service.”

From: Spencer Gasson 24 December 2018 Dear Lambeth Borough Council, Under the Freedom of Information Act can you provide details regarding Lambeth council's plans announced a few years ago to involve local people in the decision making regarding their local libraries? How as a local resident can I still get involved in this and if … Continue reading  A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION QUESTION LAMBETH HAVE ANSWERED: “Lambeth council welcomes the input and involvement of its customers in decision making and shaping the libraries service.”

LAMBETHWATCH: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT – “ARGUMENTS BASED ON THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR MOTIVES ARE GENERALLY IRRELEVANT”….  THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR THEIR MOTIVES IN SEEKING THE INFORMATION ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST….”

News From Crystal Palace has been looking at some of the issues and rulings relating to the Freedom of Information Act. The following extracts are  from a House of Commons briefing paper titled 'Freedom of information requests' published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 which gives an overview of freedom of information requests. Here are some extracts from … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT – “ARGUMENTS BASED ON THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR MOTIVES ARE GENERALLY IRRELEVANT”….  THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR THEIR MOTIVES IN SEEKING THE INFORMATION ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST….”

LAMBETH COUNCIL REFUSE TO ANSWER FOI QUESTIONS MADE BY NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

Lambeth council are refusing to answer Freedom of Information questions put to them by News From Crystal Palace. Their refusal comes in nine emails from 'the FOI team' in response to questions hand-delivered to Lambeth town hall, all of which give the same response: We consider that this request is vexatious in accordance with Section … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL REFUSE TO ANSWER FOI QUESTIONS MADE BY NEWS FROM CRYSTAL PALACE

LAMBETH COUNCIL AND THE BORROWED £19.7 MILLION – A MYSTERY SOLVED (and another Freedom of Information question by News From Crystal Palace answered)

Lambeth council have answered the mystery of where they had borrowed £19.7 million from for buyback funding for estate regeneration under their hugely controversial 'Homes for Lambeth' plans. Er - they haven't actually borrowed the money YET. A Freedom of Information request by News From Crystal Palace asked: In a council report headed estate regeneration. … Continue reading LAMBETH COUNCIL AND THE BORROWED £19.7 MILLION – A MYSTERY SOLVED (and another Freedom of Information question by News From Crystal Palace answered)

LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

Last week's meeting of Lambeth council's corporate committee contained a report covering the Freedom of Information Act and related issues. The council's corporate committee is (very ably) chaired by Cllr Adrian Garden. It's not politicallly partisan, it just deals with what the committee wants to know. Basically it's the council's watchdog for a whole raft … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: ARE LAMBETH COUNCIL OFFICERS PULLING THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF LABOUR COUNCILLORS?

“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

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”