Totals for FOI Requests and FOI Section 21 Exemptions in 2016

The request was refused by Stirling Council.

Dear Stirling Council,

I would like to make an FOI request for the following pieces of information:

1) How many FOI requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 - Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year), and;

2) How many FOI Section 21 exemptions did you employ during this same time period?

Yours faithfully,

Nick Jackson

FOI, Stirling Council

Dear Mr Jackson,

Your request for information has been logged and allocated reference FOI/10414.

Your request will be dealt with under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and a response will be issued no later than 30/10/17.

Yours sincerely,

Marie Proudfoot

Records & Information Compliance Team
Stirling Council
Stirling FK8 2ET
01786 233988
[Stirling Council request email]

LandIenquiries, Stirling Council

Dear Mr Jackson

 

I refer to your recent request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002 and can provide you with the following information in response to
your request.

 

1)      How many FOI requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 -
Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year)

The number of requests received by Stirling Council in 2016 is available
from the Scottish Information Commissioner's website at this link:
[1]https://stats.itspublicknowledge.info/

The information can be found in column E within the full report generated
for Stirling Council for the year 2016.

We therefore regard this information as otherwise accessible in terms of
Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

2)   How many FOI Section 21 exemptions did you employ during this same
time period?

I should advise, ‘FOI section 21 exemption’ is an exemption within the
Freedom of Information Act which is not applicable in Scotland, therefore
we have not employed section 21 at any point. The equivalent section would
be Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act, 2002,
‘Information otherwise accessible.

The information requested is available from the Scottish Information
Commissioner's website at this link:
[2]https://stats.itspublicknowledge.info/

The information can be found in column AY ‘otherwise accessible’, within
the full report generated for Stirling Council for the year 2016.

We therefore regard this information as otherwise accessible in terms of
Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which your request for information
has been dealt with you are entitled to request a review of the actions
and decisions made by the Council in relation to your request.  Your
request for review must be in writing or some other permanent form stating
your name and address for correspondence, and specifying the request for
information to which your request for review relates and why you are
dissatisfied with the response.

 

You must make your request for review not later than 40 working days after
the expiry of the 20 working day period of response to your initial
request by the Council or not later than 40 working days after the receipt
by you of the information provided, any fees notice issued or any
notification of refusal or partial refusal.

 

Your request for review should be addressed in the first instance to:

Records & Information Compliance Manager, Stirling Council, Viewforth,
STIRLING FK8 2ET email [3][Stirling Council request email]

 

The Records & Information Compliance Manager will then arrange for an
appropriate officer to undertake a review.

 

Please note that in any email you must state your name.

 

If you are dissatisfied with how your request for a review has been dealt
with, then you are entitled to ask the Scottish Information Commissioner
to investigate your case. You must ask the Scottish Information
Commissioner no later than 6 months after the date of receipt by you of
the notice or decision you are dissatisfied with or within 6 months of the
expiry of the period of 20 working days from receipt by the Council of
your request for review. 

 

The Scottish Information Commissioner recommends that you appeal online.
The online appeal service is available here:
[4]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

You do not need to submit an appeal online, but if you do it will ensure
the Commissioner is provided with all the information required to
investigate your case quickly.

 

For further information about making an appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner, including how to submit an appeal by email or post, see:

[5]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

If you do not have access to the internet, you can contact the Scottish
Information Commissioner at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews,
Fife KY16 9DS,   Tel: 01334 464610  Email:
[6][email address]

You may also appeal against a decision of the Scottish Information
Commissioner but on a point of law only.  Any such appeal must be made
within 42 days of the date of intimation of the Commissioner's decision
notice.

 

Regards

 

FOI Coordinator

Localities & Infrastructure

 

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