FOI request (FOIR-512295786)
Housing Standards Case Management Software
Requested Tue 02 May 2023
Responded Tue 16 May 2023
I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to help you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. Please can you provide me with the following information with regards to your Housing Standards Case Management Software:
1. The Head/Manager responsible for Housing Standards, their contact details including their job title, email address and telephone number.
2. What Case Management Software do you use for Housing Standards (for example, Idox, Civica, or Arcus)?
3. If you use specific software, how long is the contract for and what is the value of the contract?
1. Natasha Tewkesbury, Head of Community and Regulatory Services, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01424 451066
2. NEC M3
3. The contract is annual rolling, renewing on 1st April.
NOTICE OF REFUSAL
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We have identified the following public interest factors that may be seen as encouraging the disclosure of information:
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We consider these factors to be of limited relevance in relation to the information in question.
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In weighing the factors for and against disclosure we have concluded that the likely benefit to the applicant and the wider public of disclosure is outweighed by the likely prejudice caused by such disclosure and that therefore the public interest is better served by non-disclosure.
For the reasons given above we will not be communicating to you the information you have requested.
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