It’s a dilemma many journalists have faced: What to do when 20 working days have passed since you submitted your FOI request and there’s no sign of life from the local council/health trust/police force.
Bryan Hubble of Bexhill-on-Sea knew what to do: he decided to name and shame the council in the local paper, the Bexhill-on-Sea Observer:
A week, later, on the same letters page, Mr Hubble was present again, this time revealing how the letter the previous week had prompted a response:
Proof of the enduring power of the letters page? Maybe? Proof that it’s worth mentioning, even in a small article, that an organisation is being secretive? Maybe.
Worth keeping an eye on the letters page of the Bexhill-on-Sea Observer to find out what happens when Mr Hubble actually gets answers and not just an apology? Probably.