The Commissioner’s decision is that the Council correctly withheld some of the requested information under section 40(2) of the FOIA. However, the Commissioner also finds that the remainder of the requested information was not exempt and was withheld incorrectly. The Council is now required to disclose this information to the complainant. The Commissioner requires the Council to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation.
Disclose to the complainant the numbers of successful Blue Badge appeals during 2015 and 2016.
The Council must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the FOIA and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.
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