Meta request WDTK policy and Internal reviews

Trevor R Nunn made this Freedom of Information request to Brent Borough Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Brent Borough Council did not have the information requested.

Dear Brent Borough Council,

I would like to know the job title of the person responsible for introducing the policy of refusing to respond to FOI requests via the WDTK website.

I believe my earlier FOI request was internally reviewed by the same person. That is clearly wrong and I intend complaining to the Information Commissioner should your response confirms the name to be

Rajesh Seedher
IT Standards Manager
Information Technology Unit

For reference the said request

Yours faithfully,

Trevor R Nunn

Doug Paulley left an annotation ()

Good on you, a very valid question,

their whole accountability is very suspect, I wish the scrutiny panel would investigate.

Trevor R Nunn left an annotation ()

Open Government Licence enables re-use of information

Dear Brent Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Brent Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Meta request WDTK policy and Internal reviews'.

Failure to respond within the 20 day statutory deadline.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:

Yours faithfully,

Trevor R Nunn

Stephen F Williams, Brent Borough Council


Our Reference: 671712

Dear Mr. Nunn

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your request for

After some consideration I have decided that the correct way to respond to
your request is to advise you that no information is held in relation to
your request. There is no record as such of the job title of the person
responsible for introducing the policy of refusing to respond to FOI
requests via the WDTK website. However, as you are probably aware all
the discloseable recorded information held in relation to the approach
taken has already been disclosed in response to another request made via
the website. That information is available here

If you are dissatisfied with the response or how the Council has handled
your request you can complain to the Council by writing to the following
address: IT Standards Manager at Brent Council,Floor 5, 349-357 High Road,
Wembley HA9 6BZ, telephone 020 8937 1402, e-mail [Brent Borough Council request email]. It is
the Council's policy to ensure that, where practicable, your complaint is
dealt with by someone who was not involved in the original decision.

You also have a right of appeal about our decision to the Information
Commissioner, however, the Information Commissioner will not normally
consider an appeal until you have exhausted your rights of redress and
complaint to the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted as
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF; Telephone: 01625 545 700,

Yours sincerely

Stephen F Williams,
for Brent ITU
[1][Brent Borough Council request email]

Floor 5
349-357 High Road

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Dear Stephen F Williams,

Thank you for your response. Accordingly I would like to rephrase my request. Who was responsible for thinking up/producing the policy in question and who agreed this policy on behalf of the council?

Yours sincerely,

Trevor R Nunn

Williams, Stephenf, Brent Borough Council

Dear Mr Nunn

Re-phrasing the request will not change the outcome. We have disclosed all the recorded information held in connection with this matter.

I think what you are after is an explanation or information which is not recorded but neither of these are covered by the Act.

Please let me know if you would like a formal Internal Review of the response to 671712.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Williams
Brent ITU

020 8937 1426

Floor 5
349-357 High Road

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Dear Williams, Stephenf,

Thank you for the confirmation that Brent Council had no formal policy regarding WDTK responses.

Yours sincerely,

Trevor R Nunn

Richard Scott left an annotation ()

Further confirmation that the decision to password protect was against policy is here:-

Trevor R Nunn left an annotation ()

Thanks for the link Richard you have extracted some useful information.

Richard Scott left an annotation ()

Even more confirmation ( )

I asked:-

To confirm, there is not, and was not in the last 24 months, any documented policy to password protect FOI responses to WhatDoTheyKnow?

I am writing to confirm that no such policy or procedure document exists and that the information requested is not held.

Trevor R Nunn left an annotation ()

Thanks again Richard, yet more evidence that these policies were introduced by one or two front line offers without council approval or proper procedures being followed. Where was the scrutiny by our elected representatives?