Ombudsman and ICO

Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Stuart Hardwicke CARRUTHERS

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to know how many times over each of the last three years each of the Local Commissioner's has been provided with information from the Information Commissioner as enabled by the Freedom of Information Act. I would further like to know how many of these information 'presents' resulted in an investigation, and what the outcome of the investigation was using the categorisation used in the Ombudsman's Annual Letters to Council's.

I would also like to know how many times a Council took more than 20 days to respond an Ombudsman's request for information as part of an investigation and broke the Freedom of Information Act for each year over the last three years. I would further request that the Council's that broke the Freedom of Information Act are named for each year.

I would further like to know how many other breaches of the Freedom of Information Act were recorded by the Ombudsmen against Council's for each of the last three years, identification of the breach and identification of the Council.

I would additionally like to know how many times the Ombudsmen (by Ombudsman) informed the Information Commissioner of breaches of the Freedom of Information Act by Councils for each of the last three years, and the name of the Council's.

I would particularly like to know how many times the LGO has identified to the IcO that a Council has breached s77 of the FoI (I am aware of at least one case with the Ombudsman where a potential claim exists, and relates to information supplied to the Ombudsman by a Council Solicitor). It would appear to be at the Ombudsman's discretion if the Information Commissioner should have the opportunity to prosecute the offence of the Council. I would also appreciate clarification as to how many failures of Council's to respond properly to the LGO have led to practice recommendations by the Information Commissioner.

I would finally request copies of any correspondence between the Information Commissioner and any of the local commissioners or the Commission for Local Administration in England seeking a common understanding if a council breaking the law under FoI is an act of maladministration causing injustice, and any draft memoranda of understanding or other documents exchanged between the Information Commissioner and the various Ombudsmen.

Yours faithfully,

Stuart HARDWICKE CARRUTHERS

Hilary Pook, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Dear Mr Hardwicke Carruthers

This is to acknowledge receipt of your email request, received on
Wednesday 3 September.

I will aim to reply within the 20-working day target (which would be by
1 October). If I am unable to do so, I will write to you again
explaining why.

Yours sincerely

Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager
Local Government Ombudsman's Office
Tel: 020 7217 4734
www.lgo.org.uk

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Hilary Pook, The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

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Dear Mr Hardwicke Carruthers
Please find attached a letter in response to the request below.

Yours sincerely
Hilary Pook
Communications & Records Manager
Local Government Ombudsman's Office
Tel: 020 7217 4734
www.lgo.org.uk

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