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InfoLawUpdate - Cabinet Office under fire for response times to Freedom of Information Requests

Burnetts' information law solicitor Natalie Ruane comments on the latest information law developments.

Cabinet Office under fire for response times to Freedom of Information Requests

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has announced that the Cabinet Office along with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Hackney Borough Council are being monitored for their timeliness in responding to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Under the FOI Act 2000 the statutory limit in responding to FOI requests is 20 working days.

The ICO have stated that such bodies should be adhering to the statutory limits to deliver a ‘transparent and open government’. The ICO further state that any failure to show signs of improvements will result in them sanctioning enforcement action.

The tough stance taken by the ICO emphasises the need for, in particular, public bodies to adhere to the statutory 20 working day limit or they may find themselves facing enforcement action and to some extent ‘publicly shamed’.

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.

Published: Tuesday 11th March 2014
Categorised: Information Law

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