IC-57306-B5Y2

The complainant wrote to the public authority seeking details of remedies, compensation or any other types of payment made to tenants over a five year period in relation to repairs or improvements to the condition of their properties. The public authority refused to comply with the request on the basis of section 12(1) FOIA (compliance…

IC-80614-T1V1

The complainant has requested information about an investigation that may have occurred as a result of a whistleblowing concern. West London NHS Trust (‘the Trust’) would neither confirm nor deny whether it held the requested information, citing section 30(3) and 30(2)(b) (investigations and proceedings) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that West London NHS…

IC-65679-D3R3

The complainant has requested from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (the Trust) the total cost of legal services for the inquest of a named individual. The Trust cited section 12(1) of the FOIA (cost of compliance) to refuse the request. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust was not entitled to rely…

IC-81154-W4D3

The complainant has requested information relating to editorial guidelines, copies of complaints, and the recruitment to a post that was then occupied by Professor Richard Sambrook. The BBC explained that the first two parts of the request were covered by the derogation from the FOIA. The BBC also stated that the third part of the…

IC-90239-K4K0

The complainant has requested information relating to the supply of canine cadavers to Bristol University (‘the university’). The university withheld the names and contact information of its canine cadaver suppliers under section 38(1)(b) (Health and Safety) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the university is entitled to rely upon 38(1)(b) as a basis…

IC-73943-J3P3

The complainant has requested information relating to a specific planning application. Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council disclosed some information and confirmed that other information was not held. The Commissioner’s decision is that Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council disclosed all the relevant information it held in accordance with regulation 5(1), that in confirming further information was…

IC-86739-N5N2

The complainant requested a copy of legal advice sought in relation to disciplinary regulations. The Council of the University of Birmingham relied on section 40(1) of the FOIA (personal data of the requestor) to withhold the information, before later arguing that it was also exempt under section 42 of the FOIA (Legal Professional Privilege). The…

IC-90043-K4X8

The complainant requested data on the number of pupils not engaging with remote lessons at school. The Department for Education initially relied on section 22 of the FOIA (intended for future publication) to withhold the information, but then reversed itself and said that it held no relevant information. The Commissioner is satisfied that, on the…

IC-113244-T1W3

The complainant requested information from South Somerset District Council (“the Council”) relating to email correspondence between the chief executive and the Freedom of Information team. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council failed to respond to the request within 20 working days and has therefore breached section 10 of the FOIA. As a response has…

IC-47363-R8J8

The complainant has requested information about an incident in Portrush during the “Open Week” in 2019. The Council disclosed some information but withheld the names of various individuals in reliance on the exemption at section 40(2) of FOIA (third party personal data). The complainant disputed the Council’s reliance on section 40(2) and asked the Commissioner…