Friday, 25 March 2011

The ICO: Monitoring compliance with the Freedom of Information Act

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a list of public sector bodes, including 18 local authorities, which it says are being monitored for failing to respond to freedom of information requests on time.

We intend to target our monitoring activity towards those authorities which repeatedly or seriously fail to respond to freedom of information requests within the appropriate timescales.

Monitoring may be a precursor to further action if an authority is unable to demonstrate an improvement within a specified timescale.

We monitor public authorities over a three month period. We will then consider whether further action is appropriate. The next list of the authorities we intend to monitor will be publicly available once these considerations are complete.

List of currently monitored authorities

Babergh District Council
Birmingham City Council
British Transport Police
Bromsgrove District Council
Cabinet Office
Calderdale Council
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
Department for Work and Pensions
Government Equalities Office
Gravesham Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Home Office
Lancashire County Council
Legal Services Commission
London Borough of Barnet (Council)
London Borough of Croydon (Council)
London Borough of Ealing (Council)
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (Council)
London Borough of Islington (Council)
London Borough of Newham (Council)
Medway Council
Metropolitan Police Service
Ministry of Defence
North West Strategic Health Authority
Northern Ireland Office
Rural Payments Agency
Surrey Heath Borough Council
The Scotland Office
Transport for London
Westminster City Council
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
Wolverhampton City Council

My comment:  The ICO needs to show some real teeth if they expect improvement from a public authority. Monitoring followed by a mild slap on the wrist is not good enough.

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