Illegal Demand for Payment to Respond to FOI Requests

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Dear Chichester College,

I have noticed that Chichester College has previously unlawfully requested payment to respond to FOI request eg. Catherine Vinall, Clerk to the Governing Body wrote to B Relly on 4 April 2014 stating:

"I am writing to inform you of the charges that must be paid in advance, before we will continue to process your request. The total charge will be £50.00 representing two hours of staff time."

Such a demand for payment below the Appropriate Limit (ie. £450 for Chichester College) is ILLEGAL under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (2000 c. 36).

Please provide the following information:

1. How many FOI requests has Chichester College requested payment for staff time below the £450 Appropriate Limit?

2. How many of these did Chichester College receive payment from the enquirer?

3. How many of these requests remain unanswered because payment was not received?

4. How many payments have been refunded to the enquirer because they were unlawfully requested?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Hooper

Vinall, Catherine, Chichester College Group

Dear Mr Hooper

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, dated 14 July 2015.  The responses to your questions
are set out below.  If you have any further questions please do not
hesitate to contact me.

 

1.  How many FOI requests has Chichester College requested payment for
staff time below the £450 Appropriate Limit?

One.

 

2.  How many of these did Chichester College receive payment from the
enquirer?

None.

 

3.  How many of these requests remain unanswered because payment was not
received?

One.

 

4.  How many payments have been refunded to the enquirer because they were
unlawfully requested?

None.

 

 

Catherine Vinall
Clerk to the Governing Body
Chichester College
Westgate Fields
Chichester
PO19 1SB
Tel: 01243 786321 ext 2131
Email: [1][email address]

[2]www.chichester.ac.uk

 

 

[3]Chichester College is officially OUTSTANDING - Ofsted 2014

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