FOI: The council leader threatening to slash FOI budgets after being shown up for getting his numbers badly wrong

Remember the council leader who claimed dealing with Freedom of Information requests was costing his authority – Nottingham City Council – £500,000 a year? A Freedom of Information request  response actually put the figure at more like £64,000 a year. His name is Coun Jon Collins, and it’s under his leadership that Nottingham has becomeContinue reading “FOI: The council leader threatening to slash FOI budgets after being shown up for getting his numbers badly wrong”

Using FOI to challenge claims about the cost of FOI

Over recent months, there has been a growing chorus from certain parts of the public sector about the cost of dealing with Freedom of Information requests. Strangely, these organisations don’t complain about the cost of dealing with other growing demands such as caring for the elderly (councils), dealing with more crime (the police) or risingContinue reading “Using FOI to challenge claims about the cost of FOI”

Does this council leader think he’s above FOI?

One piece of advice I picked up at an FOI seminar last year was that you should always ask for email trawls when seeking correspondence between two parties – for example a council leader and a third party. In Nottingham, they are clearly aware of this trick, where Lib Dem city councillor Tony Collins hasContinue reading “Does this council leader think he’s above FOI?”

FOI: The council which only wants one FOI request from you every 60 days

I’ve added another council to the metaphorical transparency naughty step, so it’s time for Chester and Chester West Council – ‘We’ll make you pay for FOI requests’ – and Kirklees Council – ‘We’ll release it if the council leader says we can’ – to budge up a bit. Take a seat Nottingham City Council, forContinue reading “FOI: The council which only wants one FOI request from you every 60 days”