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.


3 Responses to Information Commissioner Criticises Council Over FOI Request

  1. Sue Williams October 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

    FOI should be doing `just what it says on the tin` and I see no reason for our council to have any problem with answering questions put to it by the public. Unless ,of course, they have something to hide ?

  2. pat hicks October 31, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Well hopefully more information will become more available now.

  3. Fred Colon October 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    With all the other exciting news today, this one seems to have slipped by unnoticed which is a shame because its a big story in itself in that the council have wilfully refused to give a member of the public information that they have requested.
    And the fact that this information is regarding the cost of legal fees relating to FOI requests is disturbing because A.This is our money the council are spending in legal fees (to what end) and B. why do the council feel the need to hide this information from us.

    With the news tonight that the chief executive has been suspended, perhaps this is yet another item that will be added to the list to be investigated