The complainant has requested information about a business relationship with another education network. Ormiston Academies Trust refused to comply with the request but did not cite an exemption from the FOIA which would have permitted it to do so. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust has failed to issue an adequate refusal notice in response to the request and has therefore breached section 17 of the FOIA. The Commissioner requires the Trust to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation. Issue a response, under the FOIA, to the request. If and to the extent that the Trust wishes to refuse the request, it should issue a refusal notice that complies with section 17 of the FOIA.
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