WBC - 4 week delay investigation Delay in Publication

Pete Sheffield made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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The request was refused by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please see the following FOI request:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/w...

This investigation, although completed in April 2012 was not published by the council until February 2013 during which I had made a FOI request, an internal review and a complaint to the ICO and waiting 9 months for an acknowledgement from WBC.

In your reply on the 1.3.2013 you state 'the report was made available in April; however there was a delay in it being published publically on the Councils website due to internal publication/communication delays.'

Please disclose:

1. To whom the report was made available
2. How the report was made available to the public
3. The reason and authorisation of the delay including which officers of the council were responsible
4. The emails between the Information Manager and her team and Julie Porter, Mathew Humble, Rosemary Lyon, Surjit Tour and Emma Degg in relation to my FOI request including the approval email from Emma Degg.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'WBC - 4 week delay investigation Delay in Publication'.

This request is late.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Sheffield

Corrin, Jane, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Good Morning,

This email is the response to your request for an Internal Review and the
Council apologises for the delay in responding.  You asked:-

 

To whom the report was made available

The report was made available to all staff, partners and residents when it
was published on the Council website in April.

 

How the report was made available to the public

The report was published on the Council website, [1]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

The reason and authorisation of the delay including which officers of the
council were responsible

There was no deliberate delay, and therefore no authorisation for a delay.

 

Please disclose emails between the Information Manager and her team and
Julie Porter, Mathew Humble, Rosemary Lyon, Surjit Tour and Emma Degg in
relation to my FOI request including the approval email from Emma Degg.

 

The Council is unable to disclose this information because Council
emails/archived emails would need to be searched and Officers have
calculated to facilitate this search of our servers and archives would
take us over the appropriate limit allowed by The Freedom of Information
Act 2000, which is 18.5 hours.  Where an authority is not obliged to
comply with a request for information because, under section 12(1) and
regulations made under section 12, the cost of complying would exceed the
"appropriate limit" (i.e. cost threshold) the authority should consider
providing an indication of what, if any, information could be provided
within the cost ceiling. The authority should also consider advising the
applicant that by reforming or re-focusing their request, information may
be able to be supplied for a lower, or no, fee. 

 

You have the right to complain to the information Commissioner, if you are
dissatisfied with this response to your internal review:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

Kind Regards

Jane Corrin

Information and Central Services Manager

Transformation & Resources Department

Wallasey Town Hall

Brighton Street

Wallasey

Wirral

CH44 8ED 

 

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