Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and response

Information about the number of requests we've handled and how we responded.

2022 calendar year

Totals below are for Jan - Sep inclusive. Statistics for Q4 (Oct – Dec) will be added in January 2023.

The number of requests received: 390
The number of requests processed: 376
The timeliness of the response: 322 responses were completed by the statutory deadline.
The number of requests where the information was provided in full: 164
The number of requests where the information was provided in part: 103
The number of requests where the information was not held or fully withheld due to an exemption: 81
The number of requests withdrawn or invalid: 14
The number of internal reviews: 7 (5 decisions upheld)

Number of times we have applied exemptions to requests we responded to in part or where the information was refused
We aim to be as open and transparent as possible about the work we do. There are times when it isn’t appropriate for us to share the information. If this is the case, we may apply an exemption. The Freedom of Information Act contains several exemptions that allow organisations to withhold information from a requestor. In some circumstances, we will apply an exemption to part of a request or sometimes we may apply an exemption to the whole of a request. In some cases, it allows organisations to refuse to confirm or deny whether they hold information.

s12. Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit: 24
s14. Vexatious or repeated request: 14
s21. Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means: 29
s22. Information intended for future publication: 5
s31. Law enforcement: 5
s40. Personal information: 42
s41. Information provided in confidence:4
s43. Commercial Interests: 46
Other exemptions: 1

Sometimes we apply more than one exemption to a single request. You can read more about exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act on the Information Commissioner's website.

Statistics from previous year

2021 calendar year

The number of requests received: 535
The number of requests processed: 509
The timeliness of the response: 438 responses were completed by the statutory deadline.
The number of requests where the information was provided in full: 193
The number of requests where the information was provided in part: 233
The number of requests where the information was not held or fully withheld due to an exemption: 84
The number of requests withdrawn or invalid: 26
The number of internal reviews: 18 (11 decisions upheld, 2 partially upheld; 4 decisions overruled; 1 in progress)

Exemptions used in 2021
Number of times we applied the following exemptions to requests we responded to in part or where the information was refused in full.

s12. Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit: 47
s14. Vexatious or repeated request: 9
s21. Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means: 35
s.22 Information intended for future publication: 7
s31. Law enforcement: 12
s40. Personal information: 70
s41. Information provided in confidence: 10
s43. Commercial Interests: 77
Other exemptions: 9
ICO: One decision notice received: https://ico.org.uk/media/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/2022/4021168/ic-114115-g9d0.pdf.

2020 calendar year

The number of requests received: 568
The number of requests processed: 530
The timeliness of the response: 461 responses were completed by the statutory deadline.
The number of requests where the information was provided in full: 247
The number of requests where the information was provided part: 198
The number of requests where the information was not held or fully withheld due to an exemption: 85
The number of requests withdrawn or invalid: 38
The number of internal reviews: 13 (7 decisions upheld)
ICO: One decision notice received: https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/decision-notices/ic-49746-t1b7/ .

Exemptions used in 2020
Number of times we applied the following exemptions to requests we responded to in part or where the information was refused in full.

s12. Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit: 29
s21. Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means: 34
s31. Law enforcement: 10
s40. Personal information: 76
s41. Information provided in confidence: 10
s43. Commercial Interests: 40
Other exemption: 4

2019 calendar year

The number of requests received: 538
The number of requests completed: 509
The timeliness of the response: 462 responses were completed by the statutory deadline.
The number of requests where the information was provided in full: 284
The number of requests where the information was provided part: 145
The number of requests where information was not held or fully withheld due to an exemption: 80
The number of requests withdrawn or invalid: 29
The number of internal reviews: 18 (6 decisions upheld)

Exemptions used in 2019
Number of times we applied the following exemptions to requests we responded to in part or where the information was refused in full.

s12. Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit: 35
s21. Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means: 15
s31. Law enforcement: 7
s40. Personal information: 70
s41. Information provided in confidence: 2
s43. Commercial Interests: 28
Other exemption: 1

2018 calendar year

The number of requests received: 511
The number of requests completed: 486
The timeliness of the response: 362 responses were completed by the statutory deadline.
The number of requests where the information was provided in full: 305
The number of requests where the information was provided part: 110
The number of requests where the information was not held or fully withheld due to an exemption: 71
The number of requests withdrawn or invalid: 25
The number of internal reviews: 9 (3 decisions upheld)

Exemptions used in 2018
Number of times we applied the following exemptions to requests we responded to in part or where the information was refused in full.

s12. Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit: 405
s21. Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means: 9
s40. Personal information: 22
s41. Information provided in confidence: 6
s43. Commercial Interests: 15
Other exemption: 3

Latest update: 11 October 2022

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