Over the last few months I’ve emailed my local parish council several times (6) to get various bits of information from them. For example :-
- Copy of the Grounds Maintenance Tender document
- Information relating to what training the current councillors have attended since May 2015
- Requests for all the documents that should already have been on the parish council website (most have now appeared)
- Unpublished Notices relating to the External Audit
Some emails have been acknowledged, others just ignored. A few have been replied to saying that I would receive the requested information within the required 20 workings days. The information never appeared!
This all started in December 2017 and, to date, I have not received any of the requested information.
I’ve followed the ICO process of giving the parish council 20 working days to provide the requested information. I’ve then followed up with requests that my FOI request be reviewed through the parish council’s internal review (complaints) procedure – all of these have also been ignored. After this further 20 working day period I have then emailed the ICO a completed “Access Official Information Form” for each of the requests.
The ICO has now contacted the parish council and instructed them to respond to my requests within a further 10 working days. For my first request this period expired some time ago and I reported this to the ICO. The 10 working day period for my final 4 requests expires on Friday and I very much doubt I will receive anything. I’ll email the ICO to let them know should that be the case.
My question is “What next?”
What should / could the ICO do? Will they actually do anything? Can they somehow force the parish council into responding to my FOI requests?