UK Government Q1 quarterly FOI statistics, lowest ever responses in full

27/06/2023 | UK Government

The Cabinet Office has published its quarterly Freedom of Information (FOI) statistics bulletin from January to March 2023. The report, which covers FOI requests and responses by UK Government departments and bodies, indicates an increase in received requests, 16,853, up 3,216 compared to the same quarter in 2022. The figure is the highest number of FOI requests received in a single quarter, with 86% of those requests being responded to on time, down 1% from the previous corresponding period. The report also reveals that 34% of requests were granted in full, down 2%, while 33% were withheld in full, down 1%.

An article in The Guardian accused Rishi Sunak of concealment culture. The article includes a graph showing how the numbers have fallen from 56% of FOI requests being published in full during the first three months of David Cameron's premiership to the record-low numbers recorded during the first three months of the current government.

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Rishi Sunak, 10 Downing Street

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