GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG PUTS LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ON THE NAUGHTY STEP

The Information Commissioner's Office, the Government watchdog which deals with Freedom of Information issues, have put Lambeth council's FOI team on the naughty step. In a firmly-worded letter the ICO have told the FOI team - following their refusals to answer eight questions put to them by News From Crystal Palace which were then upheld … Continue reading GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG PUTS LAMBETH’S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION TEAM ON THE NAUGHTY STEP

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SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Secret emails about the Carnegie library, Herne Hill have FINALLY been revealed by Lambeth council following a series of Freedom of Information requests by News From Crystal Palace. The only controversial element the emails reveals relates to consultations on a questionnaire issued by the Carnegie library project group / shadow trust board. The freshly disclosed … Continue reading SECRET COUNCIL EMAILS ON CARNEGIE LIBRARY REVEALED. WHAT LAMBETH DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

The following is the correspondence relating to News From Crystal Palace's Freedom of Information appeal to the Information Commissioner's Office: (Abbreviations: EIR Environmental Information regulations; FOIA Freedom of Information Act) On December 3rd 2018 the ICO wrote: Between 17 January 2017 and 4 September 2017 you submitted 14 separate requests for information to the Council. … Continue reading BACKGROUND TO THE NEWS: OUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER AND THE 19 ‘CARNEGIE’ E-MAILS

LAMBETHWATCH: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT – “ARGUMENTS BASED ON THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR MOTIVES ARE GENERALLY IRRELEVANT”….  THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR THEIR MOTIVES IN SEEKING THE INFORMATION ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST….”

News From Crystal Palace has been looking at some of the issues and rulings relating to the Freedom of Information Act. The following extracts are  from a House of Commons briefing paper titled 'Freedom of information requests' published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 which gives an overview of freedom of information requests. Here are some extracts from … Continue reading LAMBETHWATCH: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT – “ARGUMENTS BASED ON THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR MOTIVES ARE GENERALLY IRRELEVANT”….  THE REQUESTER’S IDENTITY OR THEIR MOTIVES IN SEEKING THE INFORMATION ARE NOT RELEVANT TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST….”

MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE

MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE   Welcome to another edition of Mock the Week. The scene is the Lambeth council office dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests. Hugh Dennis plays the council officer showing the new recruit (played by a female comedian) the ropes.   Hugh Dennis: I'll just give you a … Continue reading MOCK THE WEEK: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAMBETH-STYLE