Freedom of information response
1. How many lifts are managed by the organisation (including all passenger lifts, platform lifts, goods only lifts, dumb waiters etc)?
2. Do the lifts have a comprehensive (including maintenance visits, parts and labour included) or basic (maintenance visits only included, all call outs / repairs charged additionally) maintenance contract?
3. How much is the annual maintenance cost per lift (e.g. ‘headline’ cost on last tender quote)?
4. a) How much in addition to contract (i.e. question 3, above) is spent per year (i.e. call outs due to misuse etc)?
b) How much in addition to contract is spent per annum on major works such as installations and refurbishments?
5. When is the current contract due for renewal?
3. In issuing our response the Council has applied S43 of the Freedom of Information Act. Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it). A commercial interest relates to a person’s ability to successfully participate in a commercial activity, i.e. the purchase and the sale of goods or services. The reasons for this have been captured below under the public interest test section.
4a. Please see Question 3 above
4b. Circa £140k
Public Interest Test:
The council have considered the public interest test in relation to section 43 (2) in releasing the information in scope of your request. The outcome of this is below.
- Public interest in disclosure:
- Accountability for spending of public money. Where a public authority is purchasing goods/services there is a public interest in ensuring value for money is achieved.
- Public interest to maintain the exemption:
- Releasing cost figures for a specific service may affect the company’s ability to commercially tender for the same service in the future.
- Companies should be able to compete fairly on a level playing field. If the details of costs for services are publicly available then this would put the current service provider at a commercial disadvantage should a competitor be made aware of the costs charged.
- It will hinder the ongoing working relationship between the council and the current service provider.
Based on the above, it is the Council’s view that there is a stronger public interest to maintain the use of the exemption for section 43 (2).
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