ICO issues enforcement notice to Lewisham Council over FOI failings

22/03/2023 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued Lewisham Council an enforcement notice for failing to respond to hundreds of overdue information access requests, a derogation of its responsibility under the Freedom of information Act (FOIA). Following an investigation, the ICO found 338 overdue requests at the end of 2022, of which 221 were over 12 months old, with the oldest dating back to December 2020. 

Warren Seddon, Director of FOI and Transparency at the ICO, said, "By failing to respond to these requests, Lewisham Council is keeping hundreds of people in the dark about information they have a right to ask for. People need to have confidence in the decisions being made by their local authority and this Council’s failure to comply with the law erodes trust in democracy and open government."

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