Freedom of Information statistics

1) The total number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests the council has received for each of the last ten years.

2018 – 20191,389
2017 – 20181,233
2016 – 20171,411
2015 – 20161,376
2014 – 20151,401
2013 – 2014*
2012 – 2013*
2011 – 2012*
2010 – 2011*
2009 – 2010*

*refers to years when our Freedom of Information request recording system was not in place.

2) The total number of WTE staff that have had to have been employed by the council with an FOIA remit for each of the last ten financial years.

2018 – 2019We do not employ officers with solely a Freedom of Information remit, therefore we do not hold this information.
2017 – 2018As above
2016 – 2017As above
2015 – 2016As above
2014 – 2015As above
2013 – 2014As above
2012 – 2013As above
2011 – 2012As above
2010 – 2011As above
2009 – 2010As above

3) The dedicated budget provided for the FOIA department for each of the last ten financial years

2018 – 2019We do not hold this information – budgets are allocated on an organisational basis are for the last ten years have been included in staffing budgets for teams with wider and differing responsibilities, making it difficult to identify figures specifically in relation to Freedom of Information.
2017 – 2018As above.
2016 – 2017As above.
2015 – 2016As above.
2014 – 2015As above.
2013 – 2014As above.
2012 – 2013As above.
2011 – 2012As above.
2010 – 2011As above.
2009 – 2010As above.

4) The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within the 20 working day timescale for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018.

The table below provides figures in response to Questions 4 – 7 for the years where our recording system was operational, however  there are other reasons why the accuracy of some of the figures may be in doubt.

Year Answered within 20 working days Answered between 2- and 40 working days Answered over forty working days 
2018 – 20195452120
2017 – 2018482196
2016 – 2017483167
2015 – 2016286133
2014 – 2015191133

5) The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries answered within 20 – 40 working days of receipt for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

 

6) The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that took longer than 40 working days of receipt to answer for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

 

7) The total percentage and number of FOIA enquiries that were never answered for each of the last ten years (or for which figures are available) up to the end of 2018

 

8) The total number of FOIA requests where the council has issued a charge for the information in the last ten years for which figures are available

None, we do not charge for Freedom of Information requests.

9) The total income received from FOIA charges imposed by the council for providing information for each of the last ten years.

Zero, we do not charge for Freedom of Information requests.