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What have RCT Council got to hide?


In the past week there have been two articles in the Western Mail about the activities of Councils across Wales. In each case Freedom of Information requests were submitted by the press, and in each case RCT did not respond.
The first was a story regarding the number of Councillors who are being pursued via the courts for non-payment of Council Tax. Half of the Councils failed to respond - including Rhondda Cynon Taff. The response amongst those who did showed that 42 Councillors had at some point failed to pay their Council Tax between 2009 and 2013.
The second article concerned "gagging orders" and reported that more than a thousand have been struck by Welsh councils in severance deals costing more than £32m. These are so-called compromise or settlement agreements contained clauses which bar former employees from challenging their exits in employment tribunals or in court, or speaking out against their employers
Rhondda Cynon Taff was the only Council who did not respond to the question. RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts asks
"What have RCT Council got to hide? Confidentiality with regard to employees names and individual details you would expect to be kept confidential, but the public have a right to know what the overall spend is.
"Every other Council in Wales was willing to give this figure out, but once again this Council surrounds itself in a shroud of mystery. Still from a Labour run Council where even elected members are refused access to detailed budget figures are it is what we have come to expect."
"These are just the latest examples, time and again figures appear in the press and RCT are amongst those who refuse to release information in to the public domain. So much for Labour's promised open and transparent approach."

The first was a story regarding the number of Councillors who are being pursued via the courts for non-payment of Council Tax.


"gagging orders"


Rhondda Cynon Taf the Teflon

Rhondda Cynon Taf the Teflon encrusted council yes how many have tried to get information out of this pathetic bunch of hypocrites but they are good at giving out other peoples personal information by mistake sent me personal details of another person when I requested information about my mother but the Teflon coated council got away with it when I reported it to ICO.

The council is and always has been seen as an old boys club they do what they want when they want and care nothing for the individual and public who pay for all the grace and favour.

To many directors, have they got company cars? To many managers can they get rid of over half of them? I am positive they keep one senior manager in every department just to suck up to councillors well that’s my experience when I worked for them and he did bullshit big time when councillors came around.

Something for RCTC to think

Something for RCTC to think about but I expect its just like water off a ducks back

“You can automatically withhold information because an exemption applies only if the exemption is ‘absolute’. This may be, for example, information you receive from the security services, which is covered by an absolute exemption. However, most exemptions are not absolute but require you to apply a public interest test. This means you must consider the public interest arguments before deciding whether to disclose the information. So you may have to disclose information in spite of an exemption, where it is in the public interest to do so.”

“If you are refusing all or any part of a request, you must send the requester a written refusal notice. You will need to issue a refusal notice if you are either refusing to say whether you hold information at all, or confirming that information is held but refusing to release it.”


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