Saturday, 21 July 2018

Concern at cost of answering queries

GORING Parish Council has set aside another £1,750 to cover the costs of handling freedom of information requests.

The authority has already paid more than £5,000 in staff time and legal bills after receiving a series of enquiries from a resident.

Former parish clerk Bernard Clucas, of Mountfield, has submitted seven requests in the past three years and demanded several internal reviews.

He has also made seven appeals to the Information Commissioner’s Office, prompting the parish council to hire a solicitor.

The ICO has ruled that the council broke the law on two occasions — once when it wrongly charged Mr Clucas for making a request and again when its response to a request was worded ambiguously.

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