Totals for FOI Requests and FOI Section 21 Exemptions in 2016

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Dear Trafford Metropolitan Borough 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

Data Protection, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

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Fox, Paul, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Jackson,


Further to your FOI request, please find below our response:


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


1272 FOI requests received during the period.


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


Notice of Refusal Issued under Section 12, Freedom of Information Act,

Please be advised that to supply the information that you have requested,
it is estimated to exceed the statutory limit of £450. Although this
information is held, we are unable to supply it to you as it is estimated
to take more than 18 hours to determine, locate, retrieve and extract the
information. This request is therefore refused under Section 12 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. This section relieves a public authority
from the obligation to comply with a request for information under Section
1(1) of the Act where the estimated time required to locate, review and
extract the information exceeds a certain threshold set out in
Regulations. The Regulations set out the cost limit for Government
departments and for other public authorities. For local government,
Regulation 3 states that the cost limit is £450 and Regulation 4(4) states
that the prescribed hourly rate is £25 which equates to 18 officer hours.


To clarify,  we do not maintain a separate log of exemptions applied.
Therefore, in order to caluculate the number of section 21 exemptions
applied, we would need to review each individual response issue to the
1272 FOI requests received during the period in question. We calculate
that this would take approximately 2 minutes per FOI response and given
than we issued 1272 FOI responses, we estimate that it would take
approximately 42 hours to establish the exact number of section 21
exemptions applied.


If you are able to re-define your request more specifically, it may be
possible to provide the information you require. If you require any advice
or assistance in doing this, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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[Trafford Council request email] or write to the Information Governance
Manager, Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32


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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Tel: 0303 123 1113


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Information Governance

Legal Services

Transformation & Resources

1st Floor

Trafford Town Hall

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M32 0TH

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