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Monday, 15 April 2013 19:45

Freedom of Information Requests to Medway Council

On 11th April, I wrote an exasperated Blog article dealing with the failures of Medway COuncil to respond to Freedom of Information Requests. What I didn't know at the time was that four weeks earlier the Medway Messenger had published its own article bemoaning the same failures by the Council. I have managed to obtain a copy of that article, written by Dan Bloom, and reproduce it below: 

"COUNCIL chiefs have taken five months to reply to a formal information request – which asked how many requests were being answered late......

Despite legally having to answer Freedom of Information requests within 20 working days, Medway Council is believed to be suffering a backlog.

The Medway Messenger asked in September for details of how long the council had taken to answer all requests since 2005.

It was finally answered last week, but it was refused under a clause which says requests should take officers less than 18 hours’ work.

A spokesman said: “The requested information would need to be extracted and retrieved from the electronic system to create a new statistical report.”

The Messenger is due to lodge a revised request for the information".



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