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Claim Costs & Concerns

Altered Images – Tampering With Photographic Evidence

This post is unrelated to an early 1980’s Scottish new wave/post-punk band, fronted by singer Clare Grogan. When a Highways England contractor repairs damage, for example to a barrier, usually they take photographs of the pre-repair state and of the completed restoration (post-repair).  But are the images accurate, for the incident subject of the claim or […]

210902 ICO Orders National Highways to Release Information – Again!

Another inappropriate obstruction to the disclosure of information by National Highways is eventually seen through by the ICO; the request was NOT vexatious!  The 02/09/2021 Decision Notice (DN), IC-80576-H6C5, comes hot on the heals of a 16/08/2021 DN requiring the Authority to release information about Kier Highways claims. This latest DN relates to uncovering who, […]

National Highways (Highways England) & DfT’s Increasing legal Spend

‘A series of freedom of Information (FOI) requests submitted to government departments and arm’s length government bodies has revealed that spending on legal fees has increased faster within the Department for Transport (DfT) and National Highways (Highways England) than any other organisation contacted’, source – New Civil Engineer. National Highways general counsel Tim Reardon* is […]

Who Received Kier’s Charge for Sickness?

18/08/2021 – Kier motorway workers based in Basingstoke to protest over the denial of sick pay (Unite) Kier highways crew in dispute over sick pay discrepancies (The Construction Index). It appears the inflated figures Kier Highways charge Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers or their insurers) for operatives were not, as we have previously reported, paid […]

Highways England Ordered to Release Claims Information

‘Kier holds the requested information on Highways England’s behalf and therefore for the purposes of FOIA’ 16/08/2021: Following the ICO ‘s (Information Commissioner’s Office) May 2021 volt-face and acceptance DCP (Damage to Crown Property) rates exist, Highways England has now been ordered to disclose more information. The Authority was asked to disclose the Cost Breakdown […]

TfL and the ‘Odd’ Situation that sees Road Users Charged More than the Authority?

In some road maintenance/repair agreements between contractors and Authorities (Councils or Highways England), a kind of ‘excess’ situation exists, there are two regimes in operation to recover monies from those who damage the highway or ‘street furniture’ (barriers, traffic lights, guard rails etc.): Where the costs are under £10,000 the contractor undertakes the repairs and […]

Bad News! CMA are Instructed

16/06/2021 FoIA release.  Highways England’s email to their contractor, Kier Highways Ltd.: Possibly the time to seek explanations from the contractor was BEFORE paying the £66,000+ bill from the public purse? But, as with many cases involving Highways England, the concerns were not addressed, matters dragged on, the Authority seemingly unable to obtain explanations from […]

Kier Rates: ‘Codes, Descriptions & Pricing are Not CECA’

When presented Kier’s schedule of costs for ‘Traffic Management Materials’ displaying reference to CECA, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association explained: ‘the codes, descriptions and pricing shown on the attached documents have not come from or been produced by CECA‘ and were ‘at a complete loss as to whether they might have come from!‘ To review […]

210622 – ICO Directs Birmingham City Council to Address an FoIA Request

Case Reference: IC-109653-H1M0 Freedom of Information Act 2000 Birmingham City Council reference: 21653889 Date of request: 15 April 2021 Dear Mr Swift, Thank you for your correspondence of 21 June 2021. I write concerning your complaint about the failure by Birmingham City Council to respond to the following information request: “If Kier is utilising CECA/KSoR rates, […]

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 […]