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FOI laggard councils 'named and shamed'

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Local authorities feature heavily on a new list of public bodies failing transparency laws.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published the names of 33 organisations, including 18 local authorities, who are being monitored after failing to respond to freedom of information requests on time.

The list, which is compiled using complaint numbers and breaches of the statutory time limits, is reviewed quarterly.

But deputy information commissioner Graham Smith said the ICO would take enforcement action before the next review if compliance was “particularly poor” or if a body was unwilling to make improvements.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the authorities named to get their houses in order and demonstrate that they take freedom of information requests seriously,” he said.

The 18 local authorities are:

  • Babergh DC
  • Barnet LBC
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Bromsgrove DC
  • Calderdale MBC
  • Croydon LBC
  • Ealing LBC
  • Gravesham BC
  • Great Yarmouth BC
  • Hammersmith and Fulham LBC
  • Islington LBC
  • Lancashire CC
  • Medway Council
  • Newham  LBC
  • Surrey Heath BC
  • Westminster City Council
  • Wirral Metropolitan BC
  • Wolverhampton City Council

 

The full list is available on the ICO’s website.

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