The complainant has submitted 10 requests to North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (‘the Trust’), about a variety of matters. The Trust addressed five of the requests and refused to comply with the remaining five requests as it considered the cost of doing so would exceed the appropriate limit under section 12(1) of the FOIA. The complainant disputes the Trust’s reliance on section 12(1) to refuse to comply with his requests. The Commissioner’s decision is as follows: The Trust is entitled to rely on section 12(4) of the FOIA to aggregate the complainant’s requests and to refuse to comply with them under section 12(1). The Trust provided adequate advice and assistance and there was no breach of section 16(1) in the Trust’s handling of the request. The Commissioner does not require the Trust to take any remedial steps.
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