In two, multi-part, requests the complainant has requested from the Selby Area Internal Drainage Board (‘the Board’) specific Board minutes recording decisions associated with its historical treatment of piece workers, and related matters. The Board’s position was that it did not hold any relevant information, which the complainant disputed. The Commissioner’s decision is as follows: The Board breached section 1(1) of the FOIA as it advised the complainant that it did not hold any information relevant to the requests of 21 October 2018 and 17 February 2019, when it did hold some information within the scope of the requests which it had not communicated to him. On the balance of probabilities, this information is the only relevant information the Board holds. The Board breached section 10(1) of the FOIA as it did not communicate to the complainant the relevant information it holds within 20 working days of the requests. The Commissioner requires the Board to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation: If it has not already done so, communicate to the complainant the information for the period up to the date of the complainant’s second request that is in the document described at paragraph 35 of this notice as ‘the minute document’. Because disclosure under the FOIA is effectively disclosure to the wider world, the Board should redact any of the complainant’s and other people’s personal data from that information before it is disclosed.
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