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.

Cost

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

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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