Costs you incurred for Zola workfare hosts litigation against DWP?

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

RE: Department for Work And Pensions v The Information Commissioner & Zola [2016] EWCA Civ 758 (27 July 2016)

The DWP says it incurred nearly £100,000* for it's Zola litigation. What are the actual and estimated costs incurred by the ICO for this litigation, from the date of the first complaints to the ICO by the FOI requesters about the DW's P initial refusals and the final outcome of the Court of Appeal ordering the DWP to release the names of the workfare hosts?

* https://mrfrankzola.wordpress.com/2016/0...

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Frank Zola

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Information Commissioner’s Office

9 September 2016

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0643232

 

Dear Mr Zola

Information request
 
I write in response to your email of 23 August 2016 in which you submitted
a request for information to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Your request has been dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
 
Your request
 
“RE: Department for Work And Pensions v The Information Commissioner &
Zola [2016] EWCA Civ 758 (27 July 2016)

The DWP says it incurred nearly £100,000* for it's Zola litigation. What
are the actual and estimated costs incurred by the ICO for this
litigation, from the date of the first complaints to the ICO by the FOI
requesters about the DW's P initial refusals and the final outcome of the
Court of Appeal ordering the DWP to release the names of the workfare
hosts?”
 
Our response
 
I can confirm we hold information that falls in the scope of your request.
 
Information held/not held
 
Our staff do not record the time spent on handling any specific case and
as such we are unable to provide an estimate of internal costs based on
hours worked as we do not hold any recorded information in relation to
this.
 
However, we do hold records of travel, accommodation and incidental
expenses relating to our employees attending the 2016 Court of Appeal
hearing and this resulted in a total cost of £701.15.
 
We do not hold any further information about internal costs that falls in
the scope of your request.
 
I can confirm we engaged external legal counsel for the appeals to the
First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. The total
external legal expenditure for these appeals was: £7230.00
 
Therefore, in relation to this matter our internal and external
expenditure comes to a figure of £7931.15.  

This concludes our response to your request. I hope the information
provided is helpful.
 
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