FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN CONTACTS
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
A report by the Interim Director of Finance provided the Cabinet with a quarterly analysis of requests received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’) and matters being dealt with by the Local Government Ombudsman, as recommended by Cabinet at its meeting on 12 April 2012 (Minute No. 404 refers). Additional qualitative information was offered on service performance in response to contacts, highlighting any exceptions.
Councillor Anne McLachlan made reference to the extreme number of Freedom of Information requests that the Council received and informed that the Local Government Ombudsman had no issues in terms of the Council’s response times. She welcomed the report and the action plan that had been drawn up.
Councillor Phil Davies also welcomed the report. He was aware that the press and Wirral residents showed a lot of interest in the Council’s activities. There was a need for the Council to get better at dealing with Freedom of Information requests and considered that the action plan was a good basis for making this improvement.
(1) the content of the report be noted; and
(2) the approach outlined in the report to deal with the issues and matters arising under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, be endorsed.
Publication date: 12/09/2012
Date of decision: 06/09/2012
Decided at meeting: 06/09/2012 - Cabinet
Effective from: 20/09/2012