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  • FOI Live 2009 - Where the money goes

    Posted on March 13th, 2009 admin No comments

    Are you going to FoI Live 2009? As the credit crunch bites FoI News wondered about the finances of this information law showpiece. If I want to go it will cost around £500!conference

    Intrigued about where all this public money was going FoI News asked University College, London, how the dosh was split up after everybody had gone home. It would have been amusing if they had applied the S.43 (Commercial Interests) exemption, but good sports that they were they revealed the information.

    Below is the question FoI News posed and the answer from University College.



    Please note that I believe this information will be held by the Constitution Unit at your University.


    In relation to FoI Live conferences in 2008, 2007 and  2006 could you please provide me with full accounts which show:

    i)                    The income received from delegates

    ii)                   Any other sources of income

    iii)                 How much was paid to the conference organisers, and who were they?

    iv)                 After the costs of the conference organisers were subtracted from the total income what was left over, and how was that money shared out (please give figures and the names of companies/organisations that benefited)?

    v)                  Please provide me with any projected accounts for this year’s FoI Live.

    FOI Live conference costs
    Income received from delegates (£) Other sources of income (£) Conference organisers fee (£)*  Profit (£)**
    FOI Live 2006 121,279.31 0.00 66,032.27 55,247.04
    Organiser: Complete Support Group        
    FOI Live 2007 117,318.36 0.00 88,746.79 28,571.57
    Organiser: Lewis Live        
    FOI Live 2008 126,516.25 0.00 87,264.59 39,251.66
    Organiser: Istead Business Presentations        
    FOI Live 2009 126,225.00 0.00 88,458.00 37,767.00
    Organiser: Istead Business Presentations        
    * inclusive of all costs, e.g. venue, delegate management, AV and other materials
    ** All profits due to the Constitution Unit, UCL and no other parties      

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