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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.

FOIA request of Elizabeth Denham. Will she bother to respond?

Information Commissioner Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 15:50:59

Sun 15/09/2019 10:16

Information Commissioner 

elizabeth.denham;; Richard Bailey; Richard Bailey

Dear Madam

Under protection of the FOIA 2018 please provide me with the following information  ref the subject title:

1. Total  government funding for DATA Protection. 

2. Funds spent on GDPR  specific case  between May18 and May  2019.

3. At this juncture the ICO have not taken a single complaint and used their enforcement powers to assist any DATA Complainant. Why is this?

4. How many ICO officials are working directly on GDRP cases?

I fully understand that I do not need to provide you with my motive  for this or any FOI request. However, in the interest of clarity and probity the ICO are not assisting the general public whose data rights are being infringed other than advise the complaint to seek a Judicial Review.  Why should Joe Public be cost impacted of a Judicial Review when the ICO are the oversight Authority of the GDPR 2018?

The ICO are not backward coming forward to issue fine on the Huge PLC like Facebook and Virgin etc,  but the ICO do not appear to be remotely interested in the average Joe Blogs who data rights have been infringed by a public authority.

with thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield 

FOI Campaigner and Social Watchdog

FOI request re Robert Pickthall.

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 09:01:24

Cheshire West Chester Council


Dear Sirs

Under the protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with PDF copies  of the following :

1. Internal Audit reports on Robert Pickthall’s emails and letters to the CWCC  between  2011 and 2014.

2. Please provide me with a copy of the invoices from Adam Speker or the 5RB for legal services  on the Robert Pickthall’s case between 2015 to Aug 2019. Invoices to include  accommadation, food, travel, beverages, personal assistants etc.

Under normal circumstances I would expect to find such information on your website,  but I cannot locate this data, hence my FOIA request.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Comments from Andrew Love, 5RB.

Robert Pickthall RIP Posted on Sun, September 15, 2019 08:53:16

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 11:44 AM Andrew Love <> wrote:;

Dear Mr Dransfield,

As you have requested, I have shown your email of 30th August complaining about Adam Speker to one of our Joint Heads of Chambers, Desmond Browne QC.

Before his sad death, Mr Pickthall had made numerous complaints about Mr Speker, which were considered by Mr Browne. In order to understand the background to the complaints, Mr Browne read carefully the judgments over the years of Mr Justice Edis, Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Soole. As we previously indicated to Mr Pickthall on more than one occasion, we considered his contentions to be misconceived in both fact and law.

In these circumstances, I am afraid that we will not be entering into any further correspondence about this matter.

Yours faithfully,