Legal Action Threatened Over FOI Request

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has been told it has two weeks to comply with a decision notice from the Information Commissioner before contempt of court proceedings are initiated.

This relates to a request that was originally submitted in December 2010 asking for data on the amount of money spent in legal fees dealing with freedom of information requests.

The Council acknowledged the request in January 2011 but since then, the applicant has heard nothing back from them. They should normally respond within 20 days.

The authority was issued with the decision notice by the Office of the Information Commissioner on October 4th, giving them a further month to respond or lodge an appeal.

They’ve done neither so are now being threatened with legal action.

Council spokesman, George Pearson, said: “The Administration Department handles FOI requests and receives approximately 600 of them per year. This year there have been two complaints to the Information Commission.

“The Council apologises for any issues arising and will take on board the advice and findings of the Information Commission.”

 



2 Responses to Legal Action Threatened Over FOI Request

  1. Todd Stevens November 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Howabout how much has been spent on attempting to avoid FOI requests.

  2. Nobby Nobbs November 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Another example of the council trying to hide information from the public, and they wonder why people don’t trust them.
    I would be more inclined to put in a FOI request asking how much has been spent in legal fees by senior officers and what was the justification. Hopefully this is something that Cllrs Martin & McCarthy are now doing on our behalf as chairs of the P&R committee.