The complainant requested information from Durham County Council (“the Council”) comprising the legal advice given to a councillor on whether they should declare a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI) at a meeting of Great Aycliffe Town Council. The Council withheld the information under section 42(1) of the FOIA: legal professional privilege. The Commissioner’s decision is that the exemption at section 42(1) of the FOIA is engaged, and that balance of the public interests favours the information being withheld under the exemption. The Commissioner does not require the Council to take any steps.
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