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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Scottish Information Commissioner up to the job

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, March 23, 2017 05:37:50
Email sent - 21/03/2017

Dear Ms Denham, Information Commissioner

Please see the following article from the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office who, it would appear, has her finger on the pulse and is holding Scottish ministers to account. That cannot be said about the English Information Commissioner, who appears to have a very cosy little relationship with MPs and Judges and rogue public authorities

I would imagine something similar to this will land on your desk sooner rather than later. I do hope you don't think this letter is too vexatious or mainfestly unreasonable.

Yours

Alan M Dransfield


https://theferret.scot/scottish-ministers-freedom-information-beavers/




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FOIA Convention

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Thu, March 09, 2017 18:40:37
Email sent - 09/03/2017 17:35

Dear Mr Bailey, ICO Solicitor

Please advise me how many people from the UK ICO attended this convention. According to these press releases, the FOIA needs strengthening across Europe. I don't subscribe to this argument; there is nothing wrong with the UK FOIA only the people who are running it, who are dishonest and willfully blind.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

http://www.freedominfo.org/2017/03/eu-commissioners-urge-stronger-role-offices/



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Ridiculous staffing levels at the Information Commissioner's Office?

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 29, 2017 07:57:45
Email sent - Sun 29/01/2017 07:03

Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter.


Dear Sir

According to the ICO published records for their Decision Notices (DN) the ICO has completed only 34 DN this month and 35 for last month.

I do not accept such totals warrant the huge staffing Levels at the ICO.

Moreover and more importantly, their total DN numbers have had huge discrepancies for the last two weeks.

I call upon my MP to write to the Minister of Culture and Sport and the Lord Chief Justice protesting on my behalf about the ICO workload. The average total of Decision Notices for last year was 100 per month. What is also very alarming is the ICO has no idea how much each individual case costs the public purse.

I believe every FOIA case which passes through the ICO should be given a cost centre control ref number and then the ICO would be able to identify total costs of individual cases.

I am also alarmed to learn the ICO does not operate either ISO 9000 series QA/QC or ISO 1400 Environmental. It would appear the ICO is allocated a lump sum each year say £15 million pounds to run their organization and there is no fiscal accountability or ring-fence. The ICO has no QA/QC controls and for the last decade the ICO officials have been able to claim expenses without receipts. They are also still non- compliant to the Register of Interest laws.

I am of the opinion the ICO is in need of a good shakedown to improve quality of service for the general public.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield











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Alex Ganotis

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sat, September 03, 2016 07:34:05
Email sent - 03/09/2016 06:11

Richard Bailey

Information Commissioner Solicitor

Dear Mr Bailey

Three days ago, I asked you a specific question, how long has Alex Ganotis worked for the ICO and when did he complete his Register of Interest.

You are normally very prompt with your responses, but this time you have not replied to my direct questions. I understand Mr Ganotis has worked for both the ICO and Stockport Borough Council since 2008.

I also asked you how long you have known about this.

I also asked you a question about the ICO Register of Interest for ICO officials.

May I take this opportunity is submitting another FOIA request to the ICO. i.e How many Compromise Agreements have the ICO entered into with Ex ICO Officials please?

For your information, action and files

Yours sincerely

ALan M Dransfield





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ICO Audits

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, August 28, 2016 07:15:26
Email sent - 24/08/2016 20:58

Dear Mr Bailey

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with a PDF copy of the following audits for the last 5 years.

1. All audits undertaken by outside auditors on the ICO 2. A copy of the ISO 14000 environment audit 3. A copy of the ICO BS 9000 QS/QA audit

Any other audits undertaken

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield



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A reasonable request one would assume

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, August 28, 2016 07:07:23
Email sent to Richard Bailey, ICO Solicitor 24/08/2016 06:11

Dear Sir

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide the following information relating to Christopher Graham and your good self.

1.A copy of your monthly expenses claims form for the past two years.

2. A copy of the credit card statements for Graham and Bailey.

3. A copy of the ICO Policy and Procedures for Staff/Conduct/expenses etc



With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield





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Nice work if you can get it

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, August 28, 2016 06:59:02
Email sent - 24/08/2016 06:59

Attn Mr Paul Arnold

Customer Service Manager

Dear Sir

Further to my earlier email today in which I confirmed my allegations of wrongdoing and maladministration by the ICO and gave you 3 demonstrable points of evidence.

I now wish to add a 4th piece of evidence which supports my allegations of misfeasance and criminal negligence by the ICO.

Please see the ICO minutes below which confirms the ICO staff have been allowed to claim expense for overseas travel without receipts (para3) for the last decade.

Such action flies in the face of transparency, accountability and security and it beggars belief that millions of pounds have been spent from the public purse in the last decade and are unaccountable.

Please be mindful that a recent Upper Tribunal upheld a vexatious exemption in which I was seeking ICO expenses information.

No wonder the ICO are throwing the kitchen sink at the Dransfield Vexatious BS because the ICO have their greedy snouts in the expenses gravy trough.

It is inconceivable that the UK Government department allows their employees to travel world-wide, wine and dine etc and are not required to reconcile the expenses via receipts.

It beggars belief.

I would argue that the ICO are in serious breach of Government fiscal accountability rules.

Yours etc

Alan M Dransfield

https://ico.org.uk/media/1624122/20160329-smt-meeting-minutes.pdf






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No register of interests for ICO staff

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, August 28, 2016 06:51:20
Email sent - 27/08/2016 05:27

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

It would appear the ICO are in complete meltdown and I call upon my MP to write to the relevant authority and ask for an explanation why:-

1.The ICO senior staff have failed to fill in a Register Of Interests document?

2. Why the ICO staff are not required to provide a receipt for their expenses?

......

For your information,action and files

Yours etc

Alan M Dransfield




https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/documents/1042702/register_of_interests_policy_and_procedure.pdf







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