Totals for Subject Access Requests and FOI Section 40(1) Exemptions in 2016

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Dear Enfield Council,

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

1) How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 to Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year), and;

2) How many FOI Section 40(1) exemptions did you employ during this same time period?

Yours faithfully,

Nick Jackson

complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

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We will respond as soon as possible.

Regards,

Complaints and Access to Information Team,
Enfield Council.

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Dear Mr Jackson,

Thank you for making a request for information to the London Borough of Enfield.

We are aiming to respond to your request by 31/10/17 and will let you know if we hold the information you requested and whether or not we can release it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are now making an initial assessment of your request and we will contact you if any clarification is needed.

If you have any queries regarding your request, please contact us at [Enfield Council request email] quoting your reference CRM FOI 2906

Regards,

Quinton Green
Complaints and Access to Information Team
Finance, Resources and Customer Services Department
Enfield Council
Thomas Hardy House
39 London Road
Enfield
EN2 6DS

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complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Mr Jackson,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request dated where you
requested information about the totals for Subject Access Requests and FOI
Section 40(1) Exemptions in 2016

 

Request

1) How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st
2016 to Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year), and;

 

2) How many FOI Section 40(1) exemptions did you employ during this same
time period?

 

Response

1.  We received a total of 144 Subject Access Requests from April 2016 to
March 2017 (this is our business reporting year).

 

2. From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able
to answer your request without further clarification.  Under section 1(3)
of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a public authority need not
comply with a request unless any further information reasonably required
to locate the information is supplied. If a request is too broad or
general in nature, then public authorities have a duty to provide advice
and assistance to the applicant in order to focus the request.

 

In order to provide you with the information on the scale that you have
requested would require us to search manually through 1500 responses that
were made in 2016 as our systems do not record each exemption used for FOI
responses.

 

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse
requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed
the appropriate limit, which for local government is set at £450. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in
determining whether the department holds the information, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information.

 

We estimate that it will take us in excess of 2.5 working days to
determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the
information in reference to your request. Therefore, your request will not
be processed further.

 

You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope by being more
specific about what information you particularly wish to obtain, including
any dates or period of time relevant to the information required.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Complaints and Access to Information Team

Email – [1][Enfield Council request email]

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

Kind Regards

 

 

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