It’s understood that HBC spent from two budgets, one of £672K and another of £600K – we have asked for clarity on the spend of that budget.
The Harrogate Informer approach the council some time ago for the financial information. Although we were assured that it could be provided, nothing was forthcoming, so we asked for the information using a Freedom of Information Request (FOI)
The FOI was sent to Harrogate Borough Council on the 18 November, and they responded on the 17 December – that’s exactly 20 days or maximum time, to the day, that they should respond in.
Under the rules of a FOI request
- HBC needs to tell the applicant whether you hold any information falling within the scope of their request
- Provide that information, normally within 20 working days
A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council said:
As soon as the accounts are finalised, they will be made available on the Council’s website.
A report by Ernst and Young, on the UCI, was due to be published in December 2019, this has now also be delayed.
This is a similar approach that the council has adopted around providing final costs of the new council offices.