According to The Weston and Somerset Mercury, the local council is struggling to cope with the number of Freedom of Information Act requests being made to the local authority.
The paper reports this week that “A deluge of ‘hundreds’ of questions have been submitted over the past month, leaving the unitary authority’s Information Governance Team unable to keep up”.
The article doesn’t say what has caused the sudden deluge – and of course The Mercury was keen to find out what people were asking about.
So what did the council complaining about FOI overload do when reporters asked what was causing said FOI overload?
To quote the Mercury:
When asked about the most common subject of the requests, a spokesman for the unitary authority said: “You would have to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out.”
I suppose you couldn’t make it up, could you?