Goodbye Silver Service, Say Hello to Lead

The Information Commissioner has two powers to make FOI and the EIRs work, and a backup power to facilitate the other two. They’re found in FOI but apply to both. Under Section 50, the Commissioner can resolve a complaint about an individual FOI / EIR complaint by issuing a Decision Notice, which determines whether the […]

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The Value of Nothing

A few days ago, a tweet from Philip Nye alerted me to the fact that Bury Council have joined the short line of organisations who include the cost of processing an FOI request when responding. FOI Man wrote about a police force doing this last year. Given that Bury still answer the requests, it is […]

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Yes, we have no bananas

Earlier in the year, I made an FOI request to the Metropolitan Police about their proposed purchase of data from IPSOS Mori. It took months for the Met to provide a somewhat unsatisfactory response; so long in fact, that I ended up complaining to the Information Commissioner’s Office about the delay. Shortly after my complaint […]

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CHOKE ON ‘EM!

On September 2nd, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received an FOI request from ‘Arnold’, asking “Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion? Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils and NHS […]

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Everybody needs good neighbours

The one thing about being a council FOI Officer that I really miss is dealing with unhinged elected members, seeing the results of my work being misreported in the local press, FOI requests about the fact that ticket machines in council car parks do not give change (seriously, Man Who Made These Requests, just carry […]

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The DNs don’t work

I’m going to say it again. I really like Christopher Graham. Anyone would have looked dynamic after Richard “BACKLOG” Thomas, but I believe he’s trying to make a difference in his role. I’m not sure we’d get on personally, but that’s definitely more about me than him. I have absolutely no doubt that he means […]

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LOLZ!

The Information Commissioner’s attempt to replace the previous “gold standard” FOI complaints handling with something slightly less rigorous was a good idea. I think the delays of Richard Thomas’s era were shameful, as regular readers of this blog will know (how are you both?). However, Graham flattered his predecessor. What was on offer was bronze […]

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