Here's a Freedom of Information (FOI) request that's been sent today to North Lanarkshire Council - see previous post dated 21 August 2009.
Some councils are reluctant to release information that ought to be freely available to the public - which is odd in this new age of supposed transparency and openess.
But as we've seen with the MPs' expenses scandal - people have very different views about spending public money - and many MPs' fought tooth and nail to prevent their actions from being brought under proper public scrutiny.
So let's hope that North Lanarkshire explains its position soon - we'll publish what it has to say here.
1 September 2009
South Lanarkshire Council
PO Box 14
By e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr Whitefield
Freedom of Information Request
I would like to make the following enquiry under the Freedom of Information Scotland Act 2002.
I would like to know the full extent of the North Lanarkshire Council’s external legal costs in relation to equal pay - for the period 31 August 2005 to 31 August 2009.
I would also request a breakdown of North Lanarkshire Council’s total costs, for the same period, if the costs involved have been apportioned to more than one legal firm, organisation or individual.
I look forward to your reply.