Information Commissioner Criticises Council Over FOI Request

The Information Commission has criticised the Council of the Isles of Scilly for failing to respond to freedom of information requests in the correct way.

The authority was issued with a decision notice on October 4th, forcing them to reply to a request for data on the amount of money spent in legal fees dealing with freedom of information requests.

The request was originally submitted in December 2010 and was acknowledged by the Council in January 2011. But since then, the applicant has heard nothing back from them. They should normally respond within 20 days.

The letter from the Information Commissioner states that, if the requested information is held, it needs to be provided to the applicant by 8th November, or a valid reason for withholding it given.

Failure to comply with the Commissioner’s decision could be dealt with as contempt of court.


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