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Freedom of Information requests are not meeting targets

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Ealing Council takes too long to respond to Freedom Of Information Requests (FOI) and is being monitored to see if the situation improves.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is an independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest and promote openness by public bodies.

It has released a list of 33 institutions includes police forces, local councils, Government departments and other public bodies, all of whom, say the ICO, have responded to less than 85 per cent of freedom of information requests in a timely manner.

Those organisations on the list will be monitored for three months to see if they improve their performance. Those who show no signs of improving will face enforcement action from the ICO.

‘In the five years since the Freedom of Information Act was brought into force, a significant number of the complaints we receive are about organisations that take too long to respond to information requests,’ said ICO’s Deputy Commissioner, Graham Smith.

October 6th 2010

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