The complainant has requested a range of information from the Academies Trust (“the Trust”) relating to budget planning, costs saving, staffing and other subjects. The Trust responded to several parts of the request but withheld information from a financial recovery plan on the basis of section 36 and 43 of the FOIA. The complainant also considered part 8 of the request had not been fully responded to. The Commissioner’s decision is that section 36 is engaged but the public interest favours disclosure of the information in the recovery plan. The Commissioner did not find the section 43 exemption to be engaged. In terms of the information requested at part 8 of the request, the Commissioner finds that the Trust has not explicitly confirmed if this information is held and has therefore failed to comply with section 1(1)(a) of the FOIA. The Commissioner requires the public authority to disclose the information from the recovery plan referred to in part 2 of the request; and confirm if the information requested and clarified in part 8 of the request is held and, if so disclose this or issue a refusal notice clearly explaining the reasons for withholding the information.
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