The complainant has requested information relating to the council’s agreement with Urbaser Balfour Beatty, (UBB) to develop and run an Energy from Waste plant (an EfW) in Gloucestershire. The council disclosed the majority of the requested information, however, it applied Regulation 12(5)(e) to sections of a report “value for money and affordability analysis” written by Ernst & Young LLP. The complainant argues that further information from this report should have been disclosed. The Commissioner’s decision is that the council wrongly applied the exemption to some of the information within the report. She has also decided that the council failed to comply with the requirements of Regulation 5(2) and Regulation 14(2). The Commissioner requires the public authority to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation. To disclose the information outlined in the Annex to this notice.
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