From Chris Longley MBE
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOI) REQUEST PROGRESS: ROTHERHAM METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL (RMBC) INFORMATION
Dear Rothpol readers,
This note is to bring people up to date (September 10 2013) with the current state of release of RMBC information under my FOI request.
1 RMBC INFORMATION I HAVE NOW RECEIVED IN HARD COPY FORMAT
I have now received the majority of the Agendas and the Minutes of the Rotherham Child Safeguarding Board spanning the period 3 December 2002 to 3 December 2010, an eight year span.
I also have some reports relating to child sexual abuse that have been submitted to specific Meetings, but not all of them. I have asked for the missing Agendas and Minutes to be provided as well as the missing reports and I must make very clear that I have no reason to believe they will not be made available.
2 FURTHER INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED UNDER THE SAME ORIGINAL FOI REQUEST
It was agreed under the same FOI request noted above that when I had looked at this information (set out at 1 above) I would also be provided with those Agendas, Minutes and Reports to the RMBC Cabinet where matters related to the activities of the Rotherham Child Safeguarding Board were concerned. I have now confirmed to RMBC in writing those RMBC Cabinet Agendas, Minutes etc that I would like RMBC to provide to me under that original FOI. If any separate reports about child sexual abuse were also submitted to Cabinet I have asked for those too.
Again I must say to you that I have no reason whatsoever at the time of writing to believe that the arrival of these additional materials will be delayed.
3 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION I HAVE NOW REQUESTED FROM RMBC UNDER A NEW AND SEPARATE FOI REQUEST
I have asked RMBC recently – and in writing at their request – for details of the allowances and expenses paid to (the then) Councillor Shaun Wright in each of the following Council Years during which he held office as RMBC Cabinet Member responsible for Children (his title apparently varied during this continuous period of Office):
RMBC have already confirmed to me in writing that these are the Council years during which Ex Councillor Wright held office.
I must absolutely make clear that I have asked only for those allowances and expenses paid to Ex Councillor Wright in connection with his responsibilities as Cabinet Member for Children. I have made it clear that I am not interested in the allowances and expenses he was paid in respect of his ordinary responsibilities as an RMBC Councillor: I am only interested in those allowances and expenses that arose from his additional responsibilities as an RMBC Cabinet Member for Children
4 GENERAL COMMENTS
I am grateful to RMBC officers for their co-operation in these matters and I look forward to my being able to establish the timeline of “who knew what, when they knew it, and what they instructed to be done” in due course. The public domain is of course replete with information about the cruelties that were being visited upon many many innocent children in Rotherham during this span of years and a comparison of those publicly known, vile and traumatic events with the recorded actions of RMBC and its various partners during these times will be instructive.
You now know the structure of what I know and what I expect to know. I will keep you all up to date as further information arrives from RMBC. When my note is completed it will of course come here first, followed about 30 seconds later by its transmission to The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP and all the members of his Home Affairs Committee at the House of Commons.
And my thanks to everybody who called or emailed their support to me, as well to all who blogged it here on Rothpol. It means such a lot.
Chris Longley MBE
We are in your debt for the work you are undertaking, trying to bring out some truth in this sorry mess. Rothpol.