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The Cost of FOI Requests

The cost of "Freedom of Information" to local people.

Over the past two years, we have ensured that Staffordshire County Council is as open and transparent as possible in serving the county's population. Part of that is the way we deal with Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, however, each FOI request incurs a cost.

Often the FOI process is used by some commercial organisations to save time and research costs.  We think this is a wrongful use as the information requested is already freely available publicly.  The same applies to a growing number of FOI requests from the media.  This can save companies and the press money by, for example, reducing research costs but only at a significant cost to the Authority which is unfair to Staffordshire tax payers.

Whilst FOI legislation makes it difficult to avoid these requests, we believe it is right to publish more information on the cost to council tax payers.  We are also more transparent in illustrating, in an appropriate way, where FOI requests are coming from and the associated cost to Staffordshire council tax payers.

The questions and responses are available on the What Have People Asked Us? page. The figures below are from January 2012 to date.

Breakdown by groups (cost)

Below is a breakdown of the cost of FOI requests by the following groups (all figures are £ sterling):

Groups/Cost

Undisclosed - £18,800
Press and Commercial - £22,050
Pressure Group and Political Party - £5,600
Public - £21,850

Top Ten Requestors (cost)

Below is a breakdown of the top ten requestors (by cost) excluding requests made by the public:

Express & Star £1950
BBC £1400
Tax Payers Alliance        £900
Rolleston on Dove Parish Council     £750
The Sentinel £600
Daily Mail £600
Data News £550
The Times £450
Liz Kendall MP £400
The Guardian £400


Breakdown by category

Undisclosed                                         £18800
Public £21850


PRESS
Express & Star       £1950   Radio 5 Live     £150
BBC  £1400   Bureau of Investigative Journalism     £150
Daily Mail  £600   Channel 4 News  £150
Data News  £550   Inside Housing £150
The Times  £450   Yorkshire Post £50
The Guardian  £400   Times Online  £50
The Telegraph  £350   Stoke Alerts  £50
The Independent  £300   TBIJ.com  £50
Openworld News £300 Asbestos Exposure Schools £50
Mail on Sunday £300 Press Association £50
Data is a Story £250 The Sun £50
BBC Radio Stoke £250
Travel News £250
BSkyB £200
Sunday Express £200
ITV £200


COMMERCIAL
Coop £350   V&A Museum £100   Magnatecled £50
RBI  £300   Visology £100   Maitland £50
Fostering Solutions £300   Wise Owls £100   Mark Allen Group £50
Credio Analytics £250   York.ac.uk £100 May Gurney Ltd £50
Hoopers £250   RBI £100   MCP Generation £50
L A International  £250   A Collis Comms £50   Midland HR £50
Solus Coaches £250   Agency Brazil £50   Moorlands College £50
Wadsworth Coaches £250   Allot £50   Northumbria University   £50
Wingspan Consultancy  £250   Anglia Research £50   NOWEducation.co.uk £50
Xedite.com £250   as.env.research   £50   Number 10 Interim  £50
Acegroup.com £250   ATL £50   Panther Fireworks £50
Good Governance £200   Blakeway TV £50   Panztel.com £50
BT £150   BlueSpotProperty.co.uk £50   PDS UK £50
Cumbria Council £150   Brabner SCS £50   Protocol Education £50
DGMI £150   Brighton House Associates £50    Purico £50
Emap £150   Building Services £50   4 Children £50
F. Nicholson  £150 Cairneagle £50   Rhetorik Solutions £50
Haymarket £150   Catherine Bergen £50   Ricochet  £50 
Kable  £150   Centrix £50   Riverside Villa  £50 
Keele University  £150   Coachwise £50   RNIB  £50 
MTA Solicitors  £150   Compact Voice  £50    Roma UK  £50 
NAVCA  £150   CouncilTaxAdvisers.co.uk  £50    RPS Group  £50 
Public Law Project  £150   Denise Shaw (author)  £50    Sanctuary Personnel  £50 
The Sauer Consultancy Ltd  £150   DR Cleansing  £50    Sanctuary Social Care £50 
Third City £150   E-Computer Solutions  £50    Sarah Harris  £50 
Touchdown PR  £150   Elstrad Maintenance  £50    Serviz  £50 
Ampere.gdp.com  £100   European Care  £50    Small Fleet Energy  £50 
August Equity  £100   Fair Play for Children  £50    Stay Ahead  £50 
Condeco Software  £100    Fun for Kidz  £50    STL Group  £50 
Cordis Bright  £100   Glendale Services  £50    TBIJ.com  £50 
DTZ  £100    GoodMannash.co.uk  £50    The Landscape Group  £50 
DWP Independent Living  £100    Grayling  £50    The New Medical Group  £50 
Epiphany Solutions  £100    GroundWise.com  £50    Think Big Comms Ltd  £50 
Gera Noto  £100    GVA  £50    Third City  £50 
HealthCarePC.co.uk  £100    Helping Hands  £50    Trade Mark Group  £50 
HGL UK  £100    Home Care Support  £50    TSP Media  £50 
Kinfinders  £100    ies.uk.org.uk  £50    UCLAN  £50 
Lost Kin  £100    Island Man  £50    Virtual College  £50 
Medical Management Services  £100    Jamie Murray  £50    Westwood First School  £50 
OTB-Marketing.com  £100    Kingford  £50    Wriglesworth.com  £50 
Strathcylde University  £100    Kone  £50       
Sustainable Links £100    LA Legal £50       
Talk-Straight.com  £100    Law Step  £50       
Third City  £100    Leon Gibson  £50       
               


PRESSURE GROUPS
Tax Payers Alliance £900
Big Brother Watch  £350
Public Law Project £150
Beaconstreet ARA £150
Irish Traveller £150
MENCAP £100
Compassion in Care £50
Living Streets £50
Grandparents Association £50
UW Club £50
FP Children £50
Move Your Money £50


POLITICAL GROUPS
Rolleston on Dove Parish Council

£750 

  Howard League  £50

Liz Kendall MP

£500   
House of Commons  £300   J A Hart  £50
Labour Research Department  £200    Kidsgrove Town Council  £50
Essex Council  £150    M A Simmonds  £50
Nottingham County Council  £150    Northamptonshire County Council  £50
Hull City Council  £100    Philip Davis MP  £50
Milton Keynes Council  £100    Squash Campaign  £50
Children's Society  £50    Tamworth.gov.uk  £50
Christopher James  £50    Tom Scholes Fog £50
Councillor Jones  £50    Unison  £50
Cumbria Council  £50       
Draycott Parish Council  £50       
Green Party  £50       


If you wish to contact us, please write to:

Access Team
Information Governance Unit
Staffordshire County Council
Wedgwood Building - Block A
Tipping Street
Stafford
ST16 2DH
Tel: 01785 278387

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