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Information Commissioner raps public authorities for late FoIA

UK public bodies fail to reply to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA), finds monitoring exercise by Information Commissioner, reports CIO news.

The monitoring of nineteen public bodies has revealed that, whilst the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Cabinet Office made improvements in FoIA response times, the Welsh government and Nottingham City Council have been made to sign undertakings to hasten their responses.

Amongst the poor performers were also Kent County Council, Cornwall Council, North Somerset Council and East Lancashire NHS Trust.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham commented that “Responding promptly to freedom of information requests is important for maintaining public confidence and achieving greater transparency…it is vital that [the MoD and Cabinet Office’s] improvements are sustained”.

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