FOI Disclosure Log

Tony Hirst made this Freedom of Information request to Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Isle of Wight Council,

Having been unable to find a copy of a Isle of Wight Council Disclosure Log (that is, a log of the information released by the Isle of Wight Council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004), I would like to request a copy of the same for the years 2011 and 2012, unless you could direct me to a copy of the same on the Council website.

I recognise that Information published within the Disclosure Log may have to be edited to remove private information and personal data.

I was also unable to find a copy of the Isle of Wight Council Publication Scheme (as defined by s.19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000) on the Council website, and again would like to request a copy of the Publication Scheme, or a link to it on the website. I would also like to make a supplementary request, in particular asking for information relating to discussions around decisions, and the decision(s) made therefrom, in respect of how the council "thinks it fit" to publish the Publication Scheme (FOI Act 2000, s. 19, para. 4) and the extent to which it does so.

Yours faithfully,

Tony Hirst

Freedom of Information, Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Mr Hirst,

Please find attached letter of acknowledgement dated 20th May 2013 with regards to the Freedom of Information request you have logged.

Yours sincerely,

Kerry Crawley

Kerry Crawley | Information Access Officer | Corporate Information Unit |  Legal Services | Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight | PO30 1U
Tel: (01983) 821000|Email: kerry[email address] | Web: www.iwight.com

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Crawley, Kerry, Isle of Wight Council

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Dear Mr Hirst,
 
Please find requested information and reply letter dated 24^th May 2013.
 
I trust this answers your request in full.
 
If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Kind regards,
 
Kerry
Kerry Crawley | Information Access Officer | Corporate Information Unit
|  Legal Services | Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle
of Wight | PO30 1U
Tel: (01983) 821000|Email: [1][email address] | Web:
[2]www.iwight.com
 
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Dear Kerry,

Thanks for your prompt response to my FOI request about FOI disclosure logs. As a local resident, I am trying to gain an understanding of how the council operates its transparency and openness agenda at a very practical level.

Do you know: 1) what the rationale is for not publishing a disclosure log, or 2) how often this comes up for review?

A web search using Google on the search terms:

"disclosure log" site:gov.uk intitle:council

reveals that many local councils do publish disclosure logs as a matter of course to various degrees of comprehensiveness, up to an including the publication of individual requests and their associated responses, subject to redaction where appropriate.

A search on WhatDoTheyKnow:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/isle...
also provides a de facto partial disclosure log, detailing requests such as this one made through WhatDoTheyKnow service.

To get some idea of what proportion of FOI requests are made to the council via the WhatDoTheyKnow service, please may I have a copy of any monitoring returns* the council produces relating to FOI requests?

*For example, the MoJ's "Local government freedom of information guidance":
http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-ac...
provides pro forma returns spreadsheets that capture a variety of summary information about the handling of FOI requests. Does the Isle of Wight Council complete such returns? If so, please may I have a copy of the returns for the last two years?

On a matter complementary to FOI disclosure logs, does the Council publish an open data inventory** as such as a single document, or is this inventory implicit in the way that the the council publishes opendata within the transparency area of the website and across it as a whole?

**for example, as recommended by the DCLG "Code of recommended practice for local authorities on data transparency" paras. 10 and 11
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

Yours sincerely,

Tony Hirst

Crawley, Kerry, Isle of Wight Council

I will not be back in the office until Monday 3rd June, due to Bank
Holiday Monday and annual leave. If your enquiry is urgent please email
[email address]. Alternatively I shall deal with your email on my return to
the office.

Kind regards,

Kerry
Information Access Officer
Corporate Information Unit, Legal Services

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Hazell, Georgina, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Hirst

Re: Information Request CRM Ref. iw13/5/56442

Thank you for your information request dated 25 May 2013.

Your request was received by the Isle of Wight Council on 27 May 2013 and is currently being considered.

As required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Isle of Wight Council will respond to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the receipt of your request.

Under the Act, there is a limit for responding to requests where they exceed the Appropriate Fee Limit as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulation 2004. The fee limit is set down by the Lord Chancellor and is £450 which equates to a maximum of 18 hours of search and retrieval time.

Should your request fall into this category, we will notify you as soon as possible, to discuss any options available to you.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Corporate Information Unit, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD. Or by email to [Isle of Wight Council request email], or complete the on-line appeals form that can be found at www.iwight.com. If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once you have exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Georgie
 
Georgina Hazell, Information Access Officer, Corporate Information Unit, Legal Services, Floor 1, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1LA | Telephone 821000 ext 6330 | [email address] | Web: www.iwight.com

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Hazell, Georgina, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Hirst

Re: Information Request CRM Ref. iw13/5/56442

Thank you for your information request dated 25 May 2013.

Your request was received by the Isle of Wight Council on 28 May 2013 and is currently being considered.

As required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Isle of Wight Council will respond to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the receipt of your request.

Under the Act, there is a limit for responding to requests where they exceed the Appropriate Fee Limit as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulation 2004. The fee limit is set down by the Lord Chancellor and is £450 which equates to a maximum of 18 hours of search and retrieval time.

Should your request fall into this category, we will notify you as soon as possible, to discuss any options available to you.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Corporate Information Unit, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD. Or by email to [Isle of Wight Council request email], or complete the on-line appeals form that can be found at www.iwight.com. If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once you have exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Georgie
 
Georgina Hazell, Information Access Officer, Corporate Information Unit, Legal Services, Floor 1, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1LA | Telephone 821000 ext 6330 | [email address] | Web: www.iwight.com

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Hazell, Georgina, Isle of Wight Council

Hazell, Georgina would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request - Ref: IW13/5/34928".

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The information contained in this e-mail may be subject to disclosure to third parties under either the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the extent the law allows and in accordance with the Isle of Wight Council's policies on information management. (If you wish the disclosure of the information in any reply to be restricted please make this clear in your response).

Hazell, Georgina, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Hirst

Re: Information Request CRM Ref. iw13/5/56442

Thank you for your information request dated 25 May 2013.

Your request was received by the Isle of Wight Council on 28 May 2013 and is currently being considered.

As required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Isle of Wight Council will respond to you as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days after the receipt of your request.

Under the Act, there is a limit for responding to requests where they exceed the Appropriate Fee Limit as set out in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulation 2004. The fee limit is set down by the Lord Chancellor and is £450 which equates to a maximum of 18 hours of search and retrieval time.

Should your request fall into this category, we will notify you as soon as possible, to discuss any options available to you.

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please write to the Corporate Information Unit, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD. Or by email to [Isle of Wight Council request email], or complete the on-line appeals form that can be found at www.iwight.com. If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once you have exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely

Georgie
 
Georgina Hazell, Information Access Officer, Corporate Information Unit, Legal Services, Floor 1, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1LA | Telephone 821000 ext 6330 | [email address] | Web: www.iwight.com

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Hazell, Georgina, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Hirst

 

Re: Information Request CRM Ref IW13/5/56442

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which I received on 28
May 2013. This request was following an initial request responded to by Ms
Crawley, you have subsequently requested the following items, please see
below response:

 

1.  What the rationale is for not publishing a disclosure log or 2) how
often this comes up for review?

Public bodies are not required to publish a disclosure log for FOI
requests. The maintenance of the disclosure log has not been considered a
priority during recent times when there are significant pressures on
council budgets and services. The council has maintained sufficient
resources to ensure that it complies with its statutory obligations under
the act and the government transparency agenda.

 

2.  Please may I have a copy of any monitoring returns* the council
produces relating to FOI requests? 

The council does not hold any information relating to 'monitoring
returns’. However I can confirm that the council has received 948 requests
in the last 12 months (01/06/2012 to 04/06/2013). The whatdotheyknow
website allows you to view all requests made to the council for you to
undertake your own assessment.

 

3.  Does the Isle of Wight Council complete such returns? If so, please
may I have a copy of the returns for the last two years?

The council does not hold a copy of any such returns. 

 

4.  On a matter complementary to FOI disclosure logs, does the Council
publish an open data inventory** as such as a single document, or is this
inventory implicit in the way that the council publishes open data within
the transparency area of the website and across it as a whole? 

 

The Council proactively publishes information on the Transparency pages of
its website, as well as on other pages associated with the different
service areas. 

Please contact me again if you require any further assistance on this
matter and I will do my best to provide relevant help and advice.

 

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please
write to the Corporate Information Unit at [1][email address], or complete
the on-line appeals form that can be found at
[2]www.iwight.com/information. If your complaint is not resolved to your
complete satisfaction, you have the ultimate right, once you have
exhausted the internal appeals process, to appeal to the Information
Commissioner.

 

Georgina Hazell, Information Access Officer, Corporate Information Unit,
Legal Services, Floor 1, County Hall, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1LA |
Telephone 821000 ext 6330 | [3][email address] | Web:
[4]www.iwight.com

 

This email may contain personal information. Please do not forward this
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of the Data Protection Act. If you are unsure please contact the author

 

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person, firm or company to whom it is addressed. It may contain
information that is privileged and confidential in law. Accordingly any
unauthorised dissemination, distribution, copying or other use of this
message or any of its content by any other person may constitute a breach
of civil or criminal law and is strictly prohibited. No mistake in
transmission is intended to waive or compromise any such privilege. Any
views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may
not necessarily reflect the views of the Isle of Wight Council.

The information contained in this e-mail may be subject to disclosure to
third parties under either the Data Protection Act 1998 or the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 to the extent the law allows and in accordance with
the Isle of Wight Council's policies on information management. (If you
wish the disclosure of the information in any reply to be restricted
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