Creating the skil s of tomorrow.
Mr Permjit Kalsi
25 May 2018
Dear Mr Kalsi
Freedom of information requests dated 29th April, 02nd May, 07th May and 14th May 2018
I am writing in response to the above and as Burton and South Derbyshire College’s Freedom of
Section 12 of the FOIA states that a public body does not have to comply with a request for information if
the authority estimates that the costs of complying with the request would exceed ‘the appropriate
limit’. The ‘appropriate limit’ is prescribed in regulations (the “Fees Regulations”) as being £450 or 18
hours at an hourly rate of £25. Additionally, when a public authority is estimating whether the appropriate
limit is likely to be exceeded, it can include the costs of complying with two or more requests if the
conditions laid out in Regulation 5 of the Fees Regulations can be satisfied, namely where the requests
1. Made by one person, or by different person who appear to be acting in concert;
2. Made for the same or similar information; and
3. Received by the public authority within any period of 60 consecutive working days
To this end I am writing to confirm to you that we will not be complying with the aforementioned requests,
which have been considered alongside these regulations, as the time associated with determining where
the information is held; locating the information; retrieving the information; and extracting the information
significantly exceeds the ‘appropriate limit’.
It may be that reducing the number of requests that you have made or reducing the historical timeframe
relating to these requests may reduce this time so that the ‘appropriate limit’ is not exceeded.
This concludes our consideration of your request and this letter/email constitutes our refusal notice under
Section 12(1) FOIA. If you are unhappy with the way your request has been dealt with or you wish to refine
your request, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deputy Principal and Freedom of Information Officer