Thursday, 31 May 2018

Glasgow - Breaking News!



Stefan Cross shares his thoughts about the latest developments in Glasgow following a letter from the City Council to the local Unison branch.

Now I haven't seen the Council's letter and although I have read the Unison update, what I don't understand is why the letter from Robert Anderson hasn't been published, as well, so we can all see what it says.

I'll have more to say tomorrow, but like Stefan I would caution against any premature celebrations at this stage because while the demise of the WPBR is welcome, there is a complete lack of detail on the compensation Glasgow claimants are due for working under 'unfit for purpose', discriminatory pay arrangements since January 2007. 

  

UNISON JUMPS THE GUN - CALLS OFF STRIKE BALLOT UNTIL JANUARY 



So I’m in Paris learning about the French Revolution when my phone goes crazy with Facebook posts claiming there’s going to be an equal pay settlement payout in January and not only that, it was,allegedly, UNISON saying so on Facebook.

And I knew nothing about it. As is often the case, there turns out to be some truth in the rumours but someone has seriously misinterpreted what was said. 

There was indeed a UNISON post, put up without any discussion with the claimant group, and which in my view jumps the gun in a number of ways. 

What seems to have happened is that as a result of yesterday’s staggering result on the consultative ballots, the Head of HR, Robert Anderson, has written to the UNISON Branch Chair responding to what he believed were UNISONs demands. Brian Smith has then taken this letter to the relevant UNISON committee and they have as a result called off any strike ballot until at least a January 2019. Brian has then posted this decision on Facebook with some extracts from the Robert Anderson letter. 

Now this has been completely, but entirely predictably, been misinterpreted as a commitment to payouts in January 2019. Now I don’t blame the members for this as it’s an obvious implication from the UNISON post. In my view BS should have been much more careful by emphasising the caveats, ie it’s not guaranteed and a hell of a lot of hurdles still to go. But even this was understandable because the important message from BS seemed to be why they were not going to ballot for strike now, not the promise of settlement.

In a nutshell this appears to be because UNISON think Robert Anderson's promises were good enough. This is entirely a union matter and something they had every right to do. But as they chose not to consider discussing it in the claimant group I’m entitled to express my opinion, and I don’t think it’s helpful. I think they’ve jumped the gun.

Why? Because they’ve taken the pressure off the council until 2019 without first seeing how the negotiations are progressing. 

So what were the demands and what were the promises?

DEMAND 1 - abandon WPBR. This has been promised but not yet delivered by councillors. This is very likely to happen but why not wait until it does.? We also have no idea what will replace it. At the moment UNITE is trying to stop A4ES even being involved in these discussions. There are going to be big issues to address here. 

DEMAND 2 - a timetable for settlement. The councils response to this is new. This is where the misinterpretation arises. The council does say that they hope that negotiations can be completed by the end of the year, and so far as it’s possible, start paying out in January. This is a definite improvement, but it’s just a commitment to a timetable, nothing more. This is supported by the fact that UNISON say if this timetable is not kept then they will ballot for strike action. It is certainly not a promise of a payment in January. This would be impossible as we have not yet discussed a single issue. As I said, this is not my territory, it’s a union matter, but I would have preferred a shorter pause than 6 months. I personally think that there are still so many legal issues in dispute that a full settlement is unlikely and I’d have liked to have kept the pressure on. 

DEMAND 3 properly fund the settlement. Now I think this demand has not been met. Funding a new pay structure and funding hundreds of millions in Back pay are not the same thing. Further all Mr Anderson has said is that he wants a properly funded pay system. This is not a promise or commitment at all, IMO, just an expression of opinion. UNISON may take a different view on what Mr.Anderson's letter means, but again I think they’ve jumped the gun and could have pursued this far more rigorously. This is still a massive issue that has not been resolved. 

I also don’t know why UNISON acted so quickly to put off any strike ballot. It’s less than 48 hours since the ballot result. Why the rush? Why no discussion with others? 

But that’s their prerogative. 

It’s up to each of you to take your own view and it seems it was unanimous in the relevant committee, so all the lay reps must be happy.

We wait to see what GMB has to say. 

So summary before I go off and check in. Good news is that we now have a commitment to a timetable as well as a commitment to abandoning WPBR. We don’t have funding. We don’t have a guarantee of a payout in January and there is a huge amount of work and disagreements to tackle before that can happen, but in return for those commitments UNISON has agreed not to ballot before the new year. 

I hope that is clearer. I hope I have understood Brian Smith's post correctly. If not I will let everyone know. In the meantime feel free to add your comments. 

Time to 'Walk the Walk' on Equal Pay



Jennifer McCarey posted a great Facebook message on behalf of the Glasgow Unison branch.

For everyone who thinks that women workers won’t vote for strike action, for everyone that thinks that home carers, cleaners and catering workers won’t vote for strike action. For everyone that thinks equal pay will go away. This ballot result is evidence that the lowest paid public sector workers in Glasgow, 84% female workforce, are ready to strike, unless the council delivers

Now for years we have been hearing that just about everyone you care to mention - council officials, local councillors, MSPs and MPs - all firmly believe in the principle of equal pay for work of equal value.

Well now it's time to 'walk the walk' - instead of just 'talking the talk' because, as everyone knows, actions speak much louder than words

  

Glasgow - More Breaking News! (30/05/18)



Unison Glasgow have just returned an impressive set of results from a consultative ballot in which all branch members were asked about their willingness to take strike action in the ongoing fight for equal pay with Glasgow City Council.

Now I really hope the Council's political leaders and senior management are listening because there is support for industrial action right across the board, from all sections of the Unison membership, which is quite remarkable. 

So the onus is now on Glasgow to respond with serious proposals for completing the settlement negotiations within a reasonable time period, otherwise the City Council is likely to face the 'double whammy' of strike action over equal pay and being hauled back into the Employment Tribunals.

The Claimants Side meets next week (Tuesday 5th June), but there's no doubt that Unison and the GMB have played their part in persuading the Council to face up to its obligations and inject a sense urgency into talks which have been dragging on for months.   

  


UNISON Glasgow - equal pay ballots results

UNISON members in Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs have overwhelmingly supported taking strike action in a series of consultative ballots.

Well done to all those members who participated in the ballots.

The results clearly demonstrate that UNISON members are willing to take strike action if Glasgow City Council does not address our three current demands on equal pay.

These three demands are:
  • ·       The individual claimants compensated for past discrimination as soon as possible.
  • ·       A new job evaluation scheme which delivers pay equality and pay justice for all.
  • ·       The council to commit funding to ensure pay equality, justice and security for all.

UNISON conducted seven consultative ballots covering 10,417 members.  
The results were:

Group                                     Yes (%)            No (%)             Total votes (turnout %)            Total Members

Cordia Home Care                 628 (99.7%)     2 (0.3%)           630 (72%)                                872                                         
                       
Cordia Facilities, Admin,        578 (96%)        23 (4%)            601 (57%)                                1,050
Care Services
(exc home care)
                         
Education                               961 (86%)        151 (14%)        1,112 (41%)                             2,732
                                                                                                                       
Social Work                            673 (79%)        179 (21%)        852 (27%)                                3,109
                                                                                                           
LES, Corporate/Financial,      226 (51%)        217 (49%)        443 (25%)                                1768               
Chief Exec, DRS, Parking,
Property, CGI 

Glasgow Life                           182 (82%)        40 (18%)          222 (31%)                                714                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Community Safety Glasgow  36 (86%)          6 (14%)            42 (24%)                                  172


Glasgow Council/ALEOs        3,284 (84%)     618 (16%)        3,902 (37%)                             10,417

The combined result in Cordia from the two membership group ballots was 98% for strike action, on a 64% turnout.

All seven membership groups supported strike action, with turnouts ranging from 72% to 24%.  Across Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs the combined total turnout was 37%. 

Next Steps
UNISON Glasgow Branch elected representatives will now consider our next steps. As previously reported the meetings with Glasgow City Council were more positive last week, and we have asked for some important commitments and details in writing. We have been promised a formal council response in the next few days.

If an acceptable response is not received then clearly the branch will have to consider requesting formal strike ballots from UNISON Scotland.

A further update will be issued as soon as possible.

And Finally……
Finally, another big “Well Done” to all those members who took part in the consultative strike ballots.

UNISON Glasgow Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ,  30 May 2018

Are You Listening, Glasgow?



Here's the Evening Times take on the big news about the resounding level of support for strike action amongst GMB and Unison members, if the City Council doesn't come to its senses in equal pay settlement negotiations which have been dragging on for the past six months.

And what a dumb comment from a Council spokesperson about the 'current timetable'!  

Because if these settlement talks were making any kind of reasonable progress, the trade unions would not have had to ballot their members over industrial action - and the Claimants Side (A4ES, GMB and Unison) would not be having to consider taking all the outstanding equal pay claims back to the Employment Tribunals.

Perhaps the slow progress is down to the fact that the slow progress towards settlement is down to the fact that the senior officials representing the Council Side up until now, are the same senior officials who defended the WPBR 'tooth and nail' for so many years?

So the Council has plenty to think about and if you ask me, the politicians ought to be questioning the quality of advice from their senior officials.   

  

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/16258851.Cordia_strike__almost_certain__as_union_members_ballot_overwhelmingly_in_favour/

Cordia strike "almost certain" as union members ballot overwhelmingly in favour
By Catriona Stewart @LadyCatHT - Evening Times


GMB members protest outside Glasgow City Chambers

A STRIKE across Cordia services is "almost certain" as union members voted overwhelmingly in favour.

GMB Scotland members in the Glasgow City Council arm's-length organisation have voted in favour of moving to industrial action over the ongoing failure to resolve second wave equal pay claims.

Following the close of a three week consultative ballot today, 98 per cent of members said they were prepared to take part in strike action as the campaign for fair and full equal pay settlements intensifies.

GMB Scotland Organiser Rhea Wolfson said: "The challenge for the council is straightforward: Give back to our members the money that was stolen from them, recognise the value of their work and ensure Glasgow’s women will never be treated as second class citizens ever again.

"If the council fails to do this then strike action across Cordia services is almost certain.”

The consultative ballot was held after union bosses claimed council officials had delayed negotiations with the joint trade unions and claimant groups.

These groups represent more than 10,000 equal pay claims from women employed by the council, past and present.

Strike action by GMB’s 3000 members in Cordia would affect home care services, school cleaning and janitorial provision and catering contracts across Glasgow City Council.

Ms Wolfson added: “This result is hugely significant and shows the strength of feeling amongst our members in Cordia and their desire for pay justice.

"Make no mistake, the blame here lies squarely with the council’s officials and their failure to progress the delivery of a full and fair settlement with the claimant representative groups.

"Our members care for our most vulnerable, keep our kids’ schools clean and their bellies full.

"They are being exploited by this council, their patience has been exhausted and they have had enough.

Union Unison conducted seven consultative ballots covering 10,417 members.

All groups also voted for strike action.

A spokesman for Unison said: "Unison Glasgow Branch elected representatives will now consider our next steps.

"As previously reported the meetings with Glasgow City Council were more positive last week, and we have asked for some important commitments and details in writing.

"We have been promised a formal council response in the next few days.

"If an acceptable response is not received then clearly the branch will have to consider requesting formal strike ballots from Unison Scotland."

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “All parties, including the GMB, agreed the current timetable for negotiations.”

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Glasgow - More Breaking News!



Unison Glasgow have just returned an impressive set of results from a consultative ballot in which all branch members were asked about their willingness to take strike action in the ongoing fight for equal pay with Glasgow City Council.

Now I really hope the Council's political leaders and senior management are listening because there is support for industrial action right across the board, from all sections of the Unison membership, which is quite remarkable. 

So the onus is now on Glasgow to respond with serious proposals for completing the settlement negotiations within a reasonable time period, otherwise the City Council is likely to face the 'double whammy' of strike action over equal pay and being hauled back into the Employment Tribunals.

The Claimants Side meets next week (Tuesday 5th June), but there's no doubt that Unison and the GMB have played their part in persuading the Council to face up to its obligations and inject a sense urgency into talks which have been dragging on for months.   

  

UNISON Glasgow - equal pay ballots results

UNISON members in Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs have overwhelmingly supported taking strike action in a series of consultative ballots.

Well done to all those members who participated in the ballots.

The results clearly demonstrate that UNISON members are willing to take strike action if Glasgow City Council does not address our three current demands on equal pay.

These three demands are:
  • ·       The individual claimants compensated for past discrimination as soon as possible.
  • ·       A new job evaluation scheme which delivers pay equality and pay justice for all.
  • ·       The council to commit funding to ensure pay equality, justice and security for all.

UNISON conducted seven consultative ballots covering 10,417 members.  
The results were:

Group                                     Yes (%)            No (%)             Total votes (turnout %)            Total Members

Cordia Home Care                 628 (99.7%)     2 (0.3%)           630 (72%)                                872                                         
                       
Cordia Facilities, Admin,        578 (96%)        23 (4%)            601 (57%)                                1,050
Care Services
(exc home care)
                         
Education                               961 (86%)        151 (14%)        1,112 (41%)                             2,732
                                                                                                                       
Social Work                            673 (79%)        179 (21%)        852 (27%)                                3,109
                                                                                                           
LES, Corporate/Financial,      226 (51%)        217 (49%)        443 (25%)                                1768               
Chief Exec, DRS, Parking,
Property, CGI 

Glasgow Life                           182 (82%)        40 (18%)          222 (31%)                                714                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Community Safety Glasgow  36 (86%)          6 (14%)            42 (24%)                                  172


Glasgow Council/ALEOs        3,284 (84%)     618 (16%)        3,902 (37%)                             10,417

The combined result in Cordia from the two membership group ballots was 98% for strike action, on a 64% turnout.

All seven membership groups supported strike action, with turnouts ranging from 72% to 24%.  Across Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs the combined total turnout was 37%. 

Next Steps
UNISON Glasgow Branch elected representatives will now consider our next steps. As previously reported the meetings with Glasgow City Council were more positive last week, and we have asked for some important commitments and details in writing. We have been promised a formal council response in the next few days.

If an acceptable response is not received then clearly the branch will have to consider requesting formal strike ballots from UNISON Scotland.

A further update will be issued as soon as possible.

And Finally……
Finally, another big “Well Done” to all those members who took part in the consultative strike ballots.

UNISON Glasgow Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ,  30 May 2018

Glasgow's Lawbreakers


Yet another week has gone by and Glasgow City Council has still not answered, or explained when it will answer, my freedom of information (FOI) request regarding the costs incurred by senior officials in defending their 'unfit for purpose' WPBR pay scheme. 

I can only assume that this information will prove embarrassing, in one way or the other, because what else can explain this kind of extraordinary and unprofessional behaviour from Scotland's largest and best resourced council.

Note the following words in the Council's letter of 23 April 2018, "the request is being dealt with as a priority and a response will be issued as soon as possible."

I plan to share this post with Glasgow's councillors because sooner or later some of these elected officials must surely take a stand on the way the Council is being run.

More intriguing news about Glasgow City Council and FOI to follow tomorrow - so watch this space.

  

Glasgow's Lawbreakers (09/05/18)



Here's another example of Glasgow City Council moving at the 'speed of a glacier' in responding to a freedom of information (FOI) request. 

Now back on April 23rd (two weeks ago) the City Council had already failed to observe the time limits laid down in the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - for responding to FOI requests.

The Council is breaking the law of the land with every day that passes, yet I've heard nothing further since this letter dated 23 April 2018.

If you ask me, it's a sign of just how arrogant the Council has become and that professional standards have fallen badly in the past few years. 

-----Original Message-----

From: FOI_CEDReviews - FOI_CEDReviews@glasgow.gov.uk
To: Mark Irvine  - markirvine@compuserve.com
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 2:23 pm
Subject: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Irvine,

In reference to your emails of 17 and 20 April 2018.


We write to confirm the response to your request for information is being progressed.   We are unable to provide you with an exact date as to when the response will be issued, however, the request is being dealt with as a priority and a response will be issued as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience in this matter.

With regards


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM
Chief Executives Department
Glasgow City Council

  

Glasgow - FOI, Senior Officials and Equal Pay (30/04/18)


Here's an application I've made to the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) over Glasgow City Council's failure to answer a freedom of information (FOI) request within the time limits laid down by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Now this request was originally lodged back on 3 January 2018, but at every stage the City Council has dragged its feet and even now Scotland's largest and best resourced council is unable - or unwilling - to confirm when my FOI request will be answered.

Hence my application to SIC for a decision because as things stand the Council is breaking the law by failing to observe the FOISA time limits of 20 working days to answer an FOI request or and FOI Review Request.

In my view, the underlying problem is the arrogant, unprofessional behaviour of senior officials who pay lip service to the Council's policy of 'openness and transparency', and although I am challenging their behaviour with my appeal to SIC I think it's time for Glasgow's political leaders and elected councillors to get involved. 

Glasgow's senior officials must be held accountable for their actions in defending the 'unfit for purpose' WPBR through the courts for years because the council workforce and the wider public are entitled to know the truth.   

 24 April 2018

Daren Fitzhenry
Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DS

Dear Mr Fitzhenry

Glasgow City Council (GCC) – FOISA Appeal

I would like to make the following application for an adjudication by the Scottish Information Commissioner in connection with an FOI Request to Glasgow City Council. The background to my application is as follows.
  1. I submitted an FOI Request to Glasgow City Council on 3 January 2018 and received a request for clarification a week later on 10 January 2018.
  2. I responded to this GCC request on the following day, by providing the Council with two further copies of the Table they had trouble reading - one in PDF format and another as a Word document.
  3. The Council acknowlweged receipt the following day and confirmed that the new Table/s were legible. 
  4. I did not receive a response from the Council within the time limits laid down by FOISA and sent a 'chase up' letter to the Council on 27 February 2018.
  5. In the absence of a reply to this letter I submitted an FOI Review Request to the Council on 15 March 2018.
  6. I did not receive a proper response to my Review Request within the time limits laid down by FOISA although the Council did write to me on 13 April 2018 indicating there was a 'delay'.
  7. I queried the reasons for this delay with the Council, asked that they provide me with the information gathered so far and to provide me an indication of when my original FOI Request would be properly answered.
  8. In the absence of a satisfactory answer from the Council and in view of its behaviour in relation to my original request, I am now seeking an order from the Scottish Information Commissioner requiring the Council to answer my original FOI request without further delay.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course and if you require any further details or clarification at this stage, please contact me by e-mail at markirvine@compuserve.com

Kind regards



Mark Irvine 

List of enclosures x 11


  

Enclosure 1 - Initial letter to Glasgow City Council dated 3 January 2018


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine 
To: foi ; annemarie.odonnell 
Sent: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 1:11 pm
Subject: FOISA Request




3 January 2018



Annemarie O'Donnell

Chief Executive

Glasgow City Council








Dear Ms O'Donnell


FOISA Request

I would like to make the following request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 

I refer to the following table which details some of the the costs incurred by Glasgow City Council in dealing with ongoing equal pay claims. The figures were originally published by The Sunday Herald newspaper in response to a freedom of information request, I believe.

YEAR
Counsel
External Solicitor
Other professional fees and expenses
Other items
Internal staff costs
Contra award
TOTAL
2007/08

15188




15188
2008/09

46999




46999
2009/10

48122




48122
2010/11
36725
9069




45794
2011/12
276461
70646
9520
450
124776
0
481853
2012/13
345129
156720
44049
26585
124776
0
697259
2013/14
140202
82712
18015
4046
93582
0
338557
2014/15
96289
42681
0
26575
118070
74275
357890
2015/16
54619
14235
0
0
83876
0
152730
2016/17
28340
44853
0
0
83876
0
157069
2017/18
30093
95826
0
0
83876
0
209795
TOTAL
1007858
627051
71584
57656
712832
74275
2551256
Please provide me with the following information:

1) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Other professional fees and expenses' into their component parts?

2) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Internal staff costs' into their component parts?

3) Please provide a breakdown of 'Counsel' fees into those attributed to the 'Scottish bar' and the 'English bar'?

4) Please provide a breakdown of the 'External Solicitor' fees and whether or not these include the solicitor advocate's fees?

5) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Counsel Fees' and 'External Solicitor Fees' in terms of the apportionment of these costs between:

a) Tribunal fees?
b) Court of Session fees?
c) Cots of general advice?

6) Please confirm the day rate or rates charged by 'Counsel' and by the 'External Solicitor' 

I look forward to your reply and would be grateful if you could respond to me by e-mail at: markirvine@compuserve.com




Kind regards





Mark Irvine 






Enclosure 2 - letter from GCC dated 10 January 2018


-----Original Message-----
From: FOI_CCT <FOI_CCT@glasgow.gov.uk>
To: markirvine <markirvine@compuserve.com>
Sent: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 4:45 pm
Subject: FOI 6474804 - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL / CLARIFICATION REQUIRED (OFFICIAL)

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Irvine

We refer to the Freedom of Information request you submitted on 3 January 2018, which has been assigned the reference FOI 6474804.

Your e-mail was received by the Council as follows:

3 January 2018
Annemarie O'Donnell
Chief Executive
Glasgow City Council
  

Dear Ms O'Donnell

FOISA Request

I would like to make the following request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

I refer to the following table which details some of the the costs incurred by Glasgow City Council in dealing with ongoing equal pay claims. The figures were originally published by The Sunday Herald newspaper in response to a freedom of information request, I believe.

YEAR
Counsel
External Solicitor
Other professional fees and expenses
Other items
Internal staff costs
Contra award
TOTAL
2007/08
15188
15188
2008/09
46999
46999
2009/10
48122
48122
2010/11
36725
9069
45794
2011/12
276461
70646
9520
450
124776
0
481853
2012/13
345129
156720
44049
26585
124776
0
697259
2013/14
140202
82712
18015
4046
93582
0
338557
2014/15
96289
42681
0
26575
118070
74275
357890
2015/16
54619
14235
0
0
83876
0
152730
2016/17
28340
44853
0
0
83876
0
157069
2017/18
30093
95826
0
0
83876
0
209795
TOTAL
1007858
627051
71584
57656
712832
74275
2551256

Please provide me with the following information:

1) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Other professional fees and expenses' into their component parts?

2) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Internal staff costs' into their component parts?

3) Please provide a breakdown of 'Counsel' fees into those attributed to the 'Scottish bar' and the 'English bar'?

4) Please provide a breakdown of the 'External Solicitor' fees and whether or not these include the solicitor advocate's fees?

5) Please provide a breakdown of the 'Counsel Fees' and 'External Solicitor Fees' in terms of the apportionment of these costs between:

a) Tribunal fees?
b) Court of Session fees?
c) Cots of general advice?

6) Please confirm the day rate or rates charged by 'Counsel' and by the 'External Solicitor'
  
I look forward to your reply and would be grateful if you could respond to me by e-mail at: markirvine@compuserve.com

Kind regards

Mark Irvine 

To enable us to cross-reference the table to which  you refer, and progress your request, can you please re-submit the table to us in its original form?

Please e-mail your reply to the Freedom of Information team at ‘FOI_CCT@glasgow.gov.uk’, within 4 weeks from today’s date, quoting our reference FOI 6474804 .   Alternatively, you can post a paper copy of the table to us at the following address:


Freedom of Information Team
Discovery Legislation   
Chief Executive’s Department
Glasgow City Council 
40 John Street
GLASGOW
G1 1JL
Please note that your request will be placed on hold until such time as we receive your clarification.
With thanks,
Freedom of Information Team
Chief Executive’s Department 


Enclosure 3 - Letter to GGC dated 11 January 2018 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine 
To: FOI_CCT 
Sent: Thu, Jan 11, 2018 8:09 am
Subject: Re: FOI 6474804 - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL / CLARIFICATION REQUIRED (OFFICIAL)


Dear FOI Team

Many thanks for your letter dated 10 January 2018.



I  enclose two further versions of my FOISA Request of 3rd January 2018:

  1. As a Word document
  2. In PDF format

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you are now able to read the relevant Table.



Kind regards


Mark Irvine

Enclosures x 2


Enclosure 4 - Letter from GCC dated 12/01/18 ackowledging receipt a legible Table

-----Original Message-----
From: FOI_CCT 
To: Mark Irvine 
Sent: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 11:56 am
Subject: RE: FOI 6474804 - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL / CLARIFICATION REQUIRED (OFFICIAL)

OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Irvine

Many thanks for your e-mail.

We can confirm that the table is now legible.

Your request will be progressed as quickly as possible.

Kind regards


Freedom of Information Team
Chief Executive’s Department
Glasgow City Council


Enclosure 5 - Letter to GCC dated 27/02/18 querying lack of response to my original FOI Request

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine <markirvine@compuserve.com>
To: annemarie.odonnell <annemarie.odonnell@ced.glasgow.gov.uk>; FOI_CCT <FOI_CCT@glasgow.gov.uk>
Sent: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 12:03 pm
Subject: FOISA request - FOI 6474804.


27 February 2018

Annemarie O'Donnell
Chief Executive
Glasgow City Council


Dear Ms O'Donnell

FOISA Request - FOI 647804

I refer to my freedom of information (FoI) request FOI 647804 and would be grateful to know what I have not received a response with the 20 day time limit laid down by FOISA 2002. 

I look forward to your reply by return and would be grateful if you could respond to me by e-mail at: markirvine@compuserve.com
Kind regards


Mark Irvine 


Enclosure 6 - FOI Review Request to GCC dated 15 March 2018 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine 
To: FOIreviews ; carole.forrest 
Sent: Thu, Mar 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Subject: Fwd: FOI Review Request regarding FOISA request - FOI 6474804.

Dear FOI Review Team


 FOI Review Request regarding FOISA request - FOI 6474804.



I would like to submit an FOI Review Request in light of Glasgow City Council's failure to respond to my original FOI request within the time limits laid down by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.



I look forward to your reply and would be grateful if you could respond to me by e-mail at: markirvine@compuserve.com
Kind regards


Mark Irvine 


Mobile - 07947 795222

Enclosure 7 - Letter from GCC dated 13 January 2018

-----Original Message-----
From: FOI_CEDReviews <FOI_CEDReviews@glasgow.gov.uk>
To: Mark Irvine <markirvine@compuserve.com>
Sent: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 2:08 pm
Subject: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)


OFFICIAL
Dear Mr Irvine,

In reference to your email to Carole Forrest of 15 March 2018.


We write to confirm the response to your request for information is in progress, however, there has been a delay in obtaining some of the information required due to a number of factors, including staff leave.

We write to confirm the response will be issued as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience in this matter.

With regards

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM
Chief Executives Department
Glasgow City Council

Enclosure 8 - Letter from Mark Irvine to GCC dated 17 April 18

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine 
To: FOI_CEDReviews 
Sent: Tue, Apr 17, 2018 10:48 am
Subject: Re: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)


Dear FOI Team


I refer to your letter dated 13 April 2018 and would be grateful if you can confirm when the Council will be in a position to respond to my Review Request?





Kind regards






Mark Irvine


Enclosure 9 - Letter from Mark Irvine to GCC dated 20 March 2018

From: Mark Irvine [mailto:markirvine@compuserve.com]
Sent: 20 April 2018 09:31
To: FOI_CEDReviews <FOI_CEDReviews@glasgow.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)

Dear FOI Team

Re: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)

I refer to your letter dated 13 April and my response of 17 April to which, I note, I have still to receive a reply.

I would be grateful if you can send me all of the information gathered to date in response to my request because that would at least represent some progress.

I would also ask that you confirm a date on which all of the outstanding information will finally be provided.

If I do not receive a satisfactory response by 5pm on Monday 23 April 2018, I will pursue the matter to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Kind regards


Mark Irvine 


Enclosure 10 - Letter from GCC to Mark Irvine dated 23 March 2018



-----Original Message-----
From: FOI_CEDReviews <FOI_CEDReviews@glasgow.gov.uk>
To: Mark Irvine <markirvine@compuserve.com>
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 2:23 pm
Subject: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)


OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Irvine,

In reference to your emails of 17 and 20 April 2018.


We write to confirm the response to your request for information is being progressed.   We are unable to provide you with an exact date as to when the response will be issued, however, the request is being dealt with as a priority and a response will be issued as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience in this matter.

With regards


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM
Chief Executives Department
Glasgow City Council



Enclosure 11 - letter from Mark Irvine to GCC dated 23 March 2018 
-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Irvine 
To: FOI_CEDReviews 
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 3:06 pm
Subject: Re: TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)


Dear FOI Team



TSR FOI Review 6553624 - Regarding FOISA request. (OFFICIAL)

I refer to your letter dated 23 April 2018.

I would take this seriously if you had provided me with all the information gathered so far  in response to my original request, but you have not done so and have simply ignored the point I raised in my letter to you dated 20 April 2018.

So I will now refer this matter to the Scottish Information Commissioner given that:
  1. the Council is already in breach of the FOISA timelines
  2. the Council has not even responded partially to my original FOI Request
  3. the Council cannot provide any indication as to when my FOI Request will be finally and properly answered
Kind regards



Mark Irvine 

ENDS