73% increase in FOI requests received by city in five years
THE number of Freedom of Information requests received by Derby City Council has risen by 73% in the past five years.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must answer certain requests for information from the public within 20 working days. Latest figures show that the number of people using their right to ask the authority questions rose from 250 in 2007 to 923 in 2012.
A council officer's report on the matter says that, of the information requests received by the authority, 704 were answered in full, 94 were refused because an exemption applied, 50 were refused because the authority did not have the information requested, 29 were refused because the question would take too long to answer, 17 requests were withdrawn and one was transferred to another authority.