Freedom of Information requests

T Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Since the inception of the Freedom of Information Act to date

1)how many requests for information under the act has the council received?

2)how many have times has the council failed to respond within the statutory 20 day period?

Yours faithfully,

T Thomas

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Bury Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Freedom of Information requests'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fr...

Yours sincerely,

T Thomas

Dear Sir or Madam,

Still waiting for the results of my internal review.

Yours faithfully,

T Thomas

Owen, Michael A, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Thanks for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Monday 20 July and will be unable to access my e mails. If your message was urgent please contact my PA, Melanie Martin on 0161 253 5002 or via [email address]. Cheers. Mike
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Dear Owen, Michael A,

I have waited so long for the information and an internal review that a few more days won't matter much.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fr...

Yours sincerely,

T Thomas

watchingyou left an annotation ()

It's now time for you to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner at@-
http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

A Johnson left an annotation ()

I am sure he will do something when he can but he has been ill and spent some months with his daughter in Australia. As far as I am aware he is not back in this country until next month. When arrives back I will bring this to his attention.

Dear Owen, Michael A,

Can you tell me when I will be getting a response to my Freedom of Information request please. I think I have been patient for long enough. If I do not recieve the information or a response to my earlier request for an internal review or the letter I was promised within 10 days I will submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner.

A full history of events can be seen here

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fr...

Yours sincerely,

T Thomas

T Thomas left an annotation ()

I have today asked the Information Commissioner to help resolve this matter.

watchingyou left an annotation ()

Please make sure to ask the ICO to issue a Decision Notice against the Council. Section 50 of the FoIA gives them no choice but to do so in these circumstances it is however important to ask for it. I believe there are breaches of sections 1(1)(a), 1(1)(b) and 10(1)here.

50 Application for decision by Commissioner

(1) Any person (in this section referred to as “the complainant”) may apply to the Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified respect, a request for information made by the complainant to a public authority has been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of Part I.

(2) On receiving an application under this section, the Commissioner shall make a decision unless it appears to him— .
(a)
that the complainant has not exhausted any complaints procedure which is provided by the public authority in conformity with the code of practice under section 45, .
(b)
that there has been undue delay in making the application, .
(c)
that the application is frivolous or vexatious, or .
(d)
that the application has been withdrawn or abandoned.

(4)
Where the Commissioner decides that a public authority— .
(a)
has failed to communicate information, or to provide confirmation or denial, in a case where it is required to do so by section 1(1), or .
(b)
has failed to comply with any of the requirements of sections 11 and 17, .
the decision notice must specify the steps which must be taken by the authority for complying with that requirement and the period within which they must be taken.

John Greenwood
www.watchingyou.info

jayne hammond, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

The information is, in the main, not held in any recorded format
but in response to the request we have dealt with a similar request
recently and provided the following information:-

Request: How many requests for information under the Act has the
Council received? In excess of 500 per year for the last five
years. This information is not currently recorded but we have
recently installed a web enabled monitoring system (April 2010)
which will allow us to provide accurate details for the future.

Request: How many times has the Council failed to respond within
the statutory 20 day period? Since 2005 the Council has failed to
respond within the statutory period on eighteen occasions
(including your own request).

I apologise for the delays in responding to your request.