IC-138288-K3R7

The complainant requested information from St Helens Council (the “Council”) relating to legal action against a named company for failing to adhere to a planning condition. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council has failed to respond to the complainant’s request within 20 working days of receipt and has therefore breached regulation 5(2) of the…

IC-109451-S1M2

The complainant has requested the names of the examiners who examined the then-Miss Tsai Ing-wen (now President of Taiwan) for her PhD and the report from her viva. The Council of the London School of Economics and Political Science denied holding the requested information. The Commissioner’s decision is that, on the balance of probabilities, the…

IC-81057-X7Q2

The complainant requested information from Durham County Council (“the Council”) comprising the legal advice given to a councillor on whether they should declare a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) at a meeting of Great Aycliffe Town Council. The Council withheld the information under section 42(1) of the FOIA: legal professional privilege. The Commissioner’s decision is that…

IC-95115-C5H4

The complainant requested from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) information relating to home working during the COVID 19 pandemic and the deployment of laptops/devices to enable home working during the pandemic. The MOJ refused to comply with the request citing section 12 (cost limits) of the FOIA. The Commissioner decision is that the MOJ was…

IC-49160-H5B1

The complainant has requested National Highways (NH) to disclose information relating to a claim dating back to 2014. He also requested certain information about all claims above £10,000 since 2014. NH refused to comply with the request in accordance with section 14(1) of FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that NH is entitled to rely on…

IC-85889-W9Q6

The complainant requested information held by Manchester City Council (the council) relating to works carried out on the pavement outside his home. The Commissioner’s decision is that it is likely that, on the balance of probabilities, the council has provided the complainant with all the information that it holds that is relevant to the request.…

IC-76075-V1P9

The complainant has requested information held by West of England Combined Authority (WECA) relating to plans for six strategic transport schemes in the region. The Commissioner’s decision is that WECA was not correct to rely on section 44 of the FOIA (prohibitions on disclosure) when refusing the request. Furthermore, whilst WECA subsequently cited regulation 12(4)(d)…

IC-80696-N1Q8

The complainant made three separate requests from North Somerset Council (“the council”) for information related to a planning decision. The council aggregated the requests and refused to comply under regulation 12(4)(b) (manifestly unreasonable request) of the EIR. Regulation 12(5)(b) (the course of justice) was also applied to two of the requests. The Commissioner’s decision is…

IC-86178-D7Q3

The complainant requested information relating to probate proceedings. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirmed it held information within the scope of the request but refused to provide it, citing section 32 (court records) of FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the MoJ was entitled to rely on sections 32(1)(a) and (c) to withhold the requested…