#Manchester City Council breaks law on #climate FoIA about #SchoolsStrike4Climate

Manchester City Council has not disclosed its stance on the Climate Strikes, while simultaneously talking up just “how much it is doing” on climate change.

On February 13th, before the first School Strike, the following request for information was sent-

Dear Sir/Madam,
I have heard a rumour that the City Council has instructed schools that they cannot give leave to students/parents for children to take part in the February 15 “climate strike”.
I am writing to request

  • all legal advice sought/received by the Council around this issue (including internal deliberations/discussions within the City Solicitor’s office, or whoever is responsible)
  • copies of all correspondence between schools and the City Council pertaining to the February 15 2019 “Climate Strike”.
  • copies of minutes of internal deliberations held by Council officers and elected members on the Executive about the stance of the City Council.

Given that the City Council has the goal to create a “low carbon culture” I am particularly interested to know if any officer or elected member suggested at any point that the City Council SUPPORT the strike.

Many thanks and Please consider this a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

An automated reply was received on the 14th.

Dear Mr. Hudson,
Re: Request for Information – Reference No: CHS / B9DLBD
Thank you for your request for information received by Manchester City Council on 13 February 2019
Please note that it may take up to 20 working days ( 13 March 2019) for the Council to consider your request and to provide a formal response.
If this timescale needs to be extended to consider an exemption you will be notified and kept informed.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely
[redacted name]
Democratic Services
PO Box 532
Town Hall
Manchester
M60 2LA

And since then, as of March 19th… nothing.

This from a council that is going out of its way to tell people how concerned it is about climate change, from a council that that recently congratulated itself on putting up a statue of an activist now safely dead almost a hundred years.

They have utter contempt for us all, and they will continue to spout nonsense for as long as they can, aided by their pet fig leaf “activists.”
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