Saturday, February 09 2013, 11:00PM
“GYwatcher you make an intresting point reguarding Nelc decsion to withhold details due to being of a commercial nature Perhaps a way round this wound be for Nelc to blank out or delete the so called sensitive areas of the report that are deemed commercially sensitive .It's intresting to note that whilst Nelc wishes to be totally transparent in all its activities Nelc seem to adopt a canteen style nature ( ie it picks and chooses ) what it wishes to remain beyond the realms of local people On one hand we the public have access to all spending / invoices of over £500 via the Nelc web site giving us details of the amount spent and by which department ( with certain elements with held ie how much was spent with local transport companies or how much is being paid to school meal providers or the partners in the delivering of services on behalf of Nelc .Yet at the same time local plumbers and maintenance companies have all the values of their invoices published by Nelc on an almost monthly bases .Yet is it true that a certain partner and service provider to Nelc processes all invoices away from the area so as local people we do not know who and what is being paid by the service provider ?Once again this is yet another example of the canteen culture that has become an every day part of the culture of this current administration It really does make you wonder who would want to object to the report going public ? The current service provider ? Doubtful as they are about to loose the contract after 15 years could it be the people who carried out the survey on behalf of Nelc ( most likely )As time goes by this whole Scartho baths / lesure complex debacle is getting very very murky and it is too easy for this present administration to hide behind so called commercial issuesTransparency I think not”
Sunday, February 10 2013, 9:26AM
“Although withholding details due to them being of a commercial nature is one strategy used by councils, a favourite and often used "get-out-of-jail-free-card is relying on the cost for compliance exceeding the statutory limit and the request refused on the grounds that section 12(1) of FOIA applies. Another way councils use to withhold information is to state to the Information Commissioner that the complainant's request is vexatious under the provisions of section 14(1) of FOIA.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) deals with complaints about public bodies refusing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you don't agree with their decision you can appeal this to a Tribunal (Information Rights)You can search all decision notices of all public bodies here: http://tinyurl.com/b5mlj4pThese are some of the latest 'Decision Notices' issued by the Commissioner:http://tinyurl.com/c939y7khttp://tinyurl.com/azvtemfhttp://tinyurl.com/b4d7xuaA couple of decision notices demonstrate the council claiming the complainant's requests were vexatious, stating they "represented a targeted campaign of harassment and disruption against the Council and those individuals acting on its behalf" http://tinyurl.com/arvwa8lhttp://tinyurl.com/achmmz6”
Tuesday, February 12 2013, 11:25AM
“Didn't the Save Scartho Baths group claim to have received the information? I'm sure they posted several messages to say that they would publish it, but have not yet done so.”
Friday, February 15 2013, 3:26PM
“What is the point of the Freedom of Information Act if the government department responsible for overseeing operations are biased towards the wishes of the public body when it decides it doesn't want to release information. Requests for Information were submitted over a year ago, relating to the number of cases where certain bailiff fees were imposed over a period of time. If released, the results would almost certainly provide evidence of questionable charging to residents subjected to these fees in more than just a few isolated incidents. It seems clear that the council and the Information Commissioner are jointly obstructing the release of potential evidence, therefore abetting the contractor's crime. Paragraph 29 of this Commissioners "Decision Notice" http://tinyurl.com/c939y7k or paragraph 27 of this one http://tinyurl.com/b3recbd which demonstrates how at ease the department is with the council being economical with the truth,the subject of another FOI request, http://tinyurl.com/azvtemf”
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