Freedom of Information Policy
Meeting: 16/10/2018 - Cabinet (Item 110)
Report of Executive Member for People and Information, Councillor Alison Webb.
The Executive Member for People and Information explained that the current policy had originally been adopted in 2014. The revised policy updated the Policy in line with changes that had been seen over the last 4-years.
The Chief Executive referred Members to the Performance report that highlighted a ‘red’ indicator and work was underway to digitalise the process as much as possible.
The Executive Member for Growth asked if there were people that miss-used Freedom of Information. It was explained that there are a lot of general requests that were received from the Press which had been generated and sent out to all Councils. Work was underway to look at how to deal with those effectively.
Reasons for recommendations
The current policy had been adopted 4-years ago and was due for a review. Whilst there had not been any fundamental changes to statutory requirements, the new policy had been improved for the benefit of people wishing to contact the Council regarding Freedom of Information.
1. To adopt the amended Policy.
2. Do nothing.
RESOLVED that the Freedom of Information Policy be adopted.
Report of Executive Member People and Information, Councillor Alison Webb.
The draft policy set out the Council’s ambitions in line with the Freedom of Information Act.
Councillor Kybird noted that three links needed to be added to the policy.
The report was otherwise noted.