FS50866619

The complainant has requested information about children removed from the school roll from Northumberland County Council. The Council disclosed some of the information but refused to disclose figures fewer than 6, citing section 40(2) of the FOIA – third party personal data. The Commissioner is not satisfied that the withheld information constitutes personal data, and…

FS50883746

The complainant has requested information from Devon County Council (“the Council”) regarding the welfare of pupils and allegations of abuse at a specific school. The Council considered that the scope of the request covered corporate reports; that is, reports written by the Council, as well as information that may be held on individual case files.…

FER0892043

1. The complainant has requested information from Southern Water (“SW”) relating to Ofwat’s notice of its proposal to impose a penalty on the public authority. SW refused to provide the requested information citing Regulations 12(5)(a), 12(5)(b), 12(5)(e), 12(4)(e), 12(5)(d), 12(4)(c) and 13(1). The Commissioner’s decision is that Regulation 12(5)(a) is not engaged with regard to…

FS50883303

The complainant requested legal advice from Knowsley Council (“the Council”) about Merseyside Dogs Home. The Council provided some information, but withheld the remainder under section 42(1) of the FOIA, stating that it was legally privileged. The Commissioner’s decision is that the withheld information is legally privileged, and that the balance of the public interest favours…

FS50870839

The complainant has requested information on the cost of advertisements during the World Economic Forum at Davos. The Commissioner’s decision is that Department for International Trade (“DIT”) is not entitled to rely on section 41(1)(a) FOIA (Information provided in confidence) but is entitled to rely on the exemption at section 43(2 FOIA (Commercial interests). In…

FS50892471

The complainant has requested information from the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) on incidents reported to in 2018 under the category of ‘release of wrong body’. The HTA release information on numbers but withheld two incident reports on the basis of section 31(1)(g) leading to 31(2)(c) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the HTA…

FS50887650

The complainant has requested information regarding a tendering process. South Lakeland District Council did not comply with the request, citing section 12(1) (Cost compliance exceeds the appropriate limit) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that South Lakeland District Council has not applied section 12(1) of the FOIA appropriately. The Commissioner requires South Lakeland District…

FS50898337

The complainant requested a Policy Equality Statement. The Home Office refused to provide the requested information, citing section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Home Office incorrectly applied section 22 to withhold the requested information. The Commissioner requires the Home Office to take the following step…

FS50906928

Through a multi-part request, the complainant has requested information about electronic systems that the University of Northampton (‘the University’) may use to monitor and record student attendance. The University addressed the majority of the parts of the complainant’s request.  It relied on section 21(1) of the FOIA (information accessible to applicant by other means) to…

FER0868516

The complainant has requested details of schools included in a pilot scheme relating to selling surplus school land for housing. The Department for Education (DfE) refused the request under the exceptions at regulation 12(4)(d) and 12(5)(e) of the EIR. The Commissioner’s decision is that the DfE has correctly applied the regulation 12(4)(d) exception and the…