The Request (dated 24 January 2018)

Hello British Council
 
Freedom of Information Request
 
Please can I request some information regarding your energy supply contracts under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Please would you provide me with the following information:
 
1.       Who, in your organisation, is responsible for deciding how your energy is bought?  Please provide the full name, title, email address and telephone number. 
2.       For each of these commodities – electricity, gas and water – please can you answer the following questions: 
a.       What is your current contract term – start date (DD/MM/YYYY) to end date (DD/MM/YYYY)?
b.       Do you have any options to extend?  If so, what are they?
c.       What is your termination notice period?
d.       Who is your supplier?
e.       How many meters do you have?
f.        What is your annual spend?
g.       What is your consumption?
h.       Do you currently procure your energy through a framework/PBO (Public Buying Organisation)? If so, which one?
i.         Do you use a consultancy to facilitate your energy procurement?  If so, who?
j.         Are you happy with your supplier?
k.       Are you happy with your PBO?
l.         Are you happy with your consultancy?
m.     What do you think makes a good Supplier?
n.       What do you think makes a good PBO?
Please can you provide the information, by return email, in electronic format – Word or Excel.  If there is another format that is easier or better for you, please do let me know and we can see what works best for us both.
Thank you for your time and effort in responding to this request – it is very much appreciated.  I look forward to your response.
 
Best wishes,
 
 
 

Our Response (dated 21 February 2018)

Case Reference: FOI_2018_07

21 February 2018
 
Dear 
 
Thank you for your request for information dated 24 January 2018 concerning our  energy supply. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.
 
For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath.
 
1.Who, in your organisation, is responsible for deciding how your energy is bought?  Please provide the full name, title, email address and telephone number.
 
Steve Ellis, Regional Asset Manager (UK), steve.ellis@britishcouncil.org, 0207 389 4008
 
In accordance with Section 11(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998 we request that you do not process the personal data provided above for the purposes of direct marketing.
 
2.For each of these commodities – electricity, gas and water – please can you answer the following questions:
 
a)What is your current contract term – start date (DD/MM/YYYY) to end date (DD/MM/YYYY)?
b)Do you have any options to extend?  If so, what are they?
c)What is your termination notice period?
d)Who is your supplier?
e)How many meters do you have?
f)What is your annual spend?
g)What is your consumption?
h)Do you currently procure your energy through a framework/PBO (Public Buying Organisation)? If so, which one?
i)Do you use a consultancy to facilitate your energy procurement?  If so, who?
 
Please find attached a spread sheet which provides the information requested under points A – I above. Please note that there are five tabs on the spread sheet for each of our UK offices. 
 
j)Are you happy with your supplier?
k)Are you happy with your PBO?
l)Are you happy with your consultancy?
m)What do you think makes a good Supplier?
n)What do you think makes a good PBO?
 
We do not hold any recorded information that answers your questions under point J – N above. 
 
I hope the information provided has been useful. 
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 
 
Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)
Information Governance and Risk Management 
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB 
 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at: 
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Phone: 0303 123 1113 
 
 
Yours sincerely