Customer Resolution Team
Housing and Modernisation
Via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 27 November 2019
Dear Simon Forster
Re: Information Request
Thank you for your request for information, which we received on 21 November 2019. This
information is being provided as a statutory obligation under the Freedom of Information Act
.I would like to make an FOI request for the following.
1. What is the total head count of Southwark Councils Planning department?
2. From the total above, how many of the individuals live in the borough of Southwark?
3. From the planning department how many of the team uses Canada Water Tube station
to start their commute to work on a daily basis during the rush hour?
4. From the planning department how many of the staff designated as having an input to
or involved with granting permission for the Canada Water Master Plan, use Canada
Water Tube station to start their commute to work on a daily basis during the rush
1. As at October 2019 – 98
2. The council holds this information, however the information you requested is being
withheld under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The exemption which applies to
this information is Section 40(2) - Personal Data.
Personal data is exempt information under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information
Act if disclosing data of the type covered by section 40(3)(a) would contravene any of
the data protection principles. We maintain that releasing this information is not
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compatible with the Council’s requirement to process personal data fairly and lawfully.
Section 40(2) is an absolute exemption under the Act and is therefore not subject to
the public interest test.
3 & 4. Under section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we have a duty to inform
you that we do not hold this information.
Please note that under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations
2003 Southwark Council ask not to receive unsolicited marketing communications.
You are free to use the information provided for your own purposes, including any non-
commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting. Any other re-use,
for example commercial publication, requires the permission of the copyright holder. If you
have any queries or concerns then please contact us using the above details.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to
make an appeal for a review of our decision, you should contact us at email@example.com, quoti
ng the reference number above.
If you are not content with the outcome of your appeal you may apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot
make a decision unless you have first exhausted our internal appeal procedure and you
should contact her within 2 months of the outcome of your internal appeal.
Further information on the Freedom of Information Act is available through the Information
Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk
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