After the first refusal I raised a FOI. Clerk's response: "the information you had requested was refused under the Freedom of Information Act 2005, section 22.... The public interest test was considered in determining this response as it felt it was not appropriate to give detailed budgeting information that was still in draft stages." I have three issues with this: a) once a document is shown to councillors in a public forum i.e. a Council committee meeting, it is per se a public document b) the information could be published with a health warning that the documents contain errors c) the precedence this sets in allowing the Clerk to determine what is, and what is not, appropriate to release with respect an FOI request
The ICO on this section of the FOI legislation: "Section 22 provides an exemption for information that is intended to be published in the future. ... It is a qualified exemption and therefore public authorities must consider whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption is greater than the public interest in disclosing the requested information."