Information Commissioner tells Gove to respond to our FoI requests
The Information Commissioner has told the Department for Education to respond to our Freedom of Information requests about “free schools” and the New Schools Network within 10 working days. The Commissioner’s letter to the DfE states:
The Information Commissioner has received a complaint from Mr C Singer stating that no response has been sent to an information request submitted to your organisation on 6 July 2010, which was acknowledged by your organisation on 7 July 2010 and given the reference number 2010/0051083.
Any public authority in receipt of such a request is under a duty to respond within 20 working days of receipt. As it is the case that you have not responded but acknowledged receipt of the request, we would ask that you now respond within 10 working days of receipt of this letter. We should be grateful if you could also provide a copy of your response to this office.
Of course it would be even better if we could address our FoI enquiries directly to the New Schools Network. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recently threatened the closure of “unaccountable quangos”. But those quangos – covered by the Freedom of Information Act – are paragons of transparency compared with the New Schools Network.
Posted by Other TPA at 11:28am on 28 September 2010