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Category: Freedom Of Information Act Requests

Responses, Reviews &/or Appeals folksinging Freedom of Information Act requests

Extend the Freedom of Information Act to Companies Awarded Government Contracts

Stop this process diluting the FoIA, Amend the Freedom of Information Act to cover information held by government contractors providing public goods and services such as those that manage our roads. Private companies like Amey, Balfour Beatty and Kier Highways receive millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, but because they’re not subject to FOI we cannot […]

Can Highways England Obtain Credits on Overpayments to their Contractors?

If Highways England is able to be reimbursed overpayments, as they have advised in a FoIA response 28/05/2021, why would they state otherwise? We explained a claim presented at about, £7,000, paid in full by the Authority (seemingly they rubber-stamp invoices for payment – it is too expensive to check them) contained obvious errors. For […]

It is Official, the ICO states ‘DCP rates exist for Area 9’

We have long evidenced Kier Highways and Highways England acting in concert to charge Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers or their insurers), contract non-complaint rates; making exaggerated claims utilising a contract non-compliant price list – a set of high DCP (Damage to Crown Property) rates.  Kier did so by engaging a contract non-complaint process, assisted […]

Kier Highways ‘Commercially Sensitive’ Rates Exposed

Birmingham City Council have engaged the ‘misrepresenting claim costs and recoveries‘ contractor Kier Highways after the fiasco involving Amey. The council explained in response to an FoIA request: Kier Highways applies for payment against actual costs incurred for staff, labour, plant, materials and subcontractors (or Third Parties) in delivering the works. For delivering the works, […]

Pain Gain Share “oh yes there is’ … ‘oh no there isn’t”

A ‘pain/gain share’ contract involves a risk and reward compensation regime; the parties (Highways England and their contractor) share in the financial “gain” of a project’s success or the financial “pain” of a project’s underachievement.  Both parties to the contract therefore have a shared interest in the project’s success – both have a financial incentive […]

Highways England’s Approach to FoIA; ‘give (refusal) a go’ …

28/04/2021), the New Civil Engineer writes  ‘Calls for investigation into ‘insidious cover-up culture’ at Highways England‘ adding ‘Internal emails sent between senior Highways England officials and members of the organisation’s Freedom of Information (FOI) team show deliberate attempts to obfuscate the FOI process, according to MPs and campaign groups.’  Motor Transport carries the headline ‘MPs […]

Highways England; Out of Arguable FoIA exemptions?

12/04/2021 an Information tribunal upholds our appeal, the judge writing: ‘I am unable to agree with the Commissioner that HE was correct when it said there was no further information held within the scope of the request.’ Years of seeking the information, six Highways England witnesses, their lawyers and counsel all to try and hide […]

Are Kier Presenting False Costs to Highways England on Every Claim?

Following an incident causing Damage to Crown property (DCP), Kier Highways Ltd. reported to Highways England that they recovered from the Third Party (driver, fleet, haulier or their insurer) less than their costs plus uplift (25.29%): But is this true, how would Highways England know and do they care? The claim is for less than […]