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 – 2019 1,389
2017 – 2018 1,233
2016 – 2017 1,411
2015 – 2016 1,376
2014 – 2015 1,401
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 – 2019 We do not employ officers with solely a Freedom of Information remit, therefore we do not hold this information.
2017 – 2018 As above
2016 – 2017 As above
2015 – 2016 As above
2014 – 2015 As above
2013 – 2014 As above
2012 – 2013 As above
2011 – 2012 As above
2010 – 2011 As above
2009 – 2010 As above

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

2018 – 2019 We 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 – 2018 As above.
2016 – 2017 As above.
2015 – 2016 As above.
2014 – 2015 As above.
2013 – 2014 As above.
2012 – 2013 As above.
2011 – 2012 As above.
2010 – 2011 As above.
2009 – 2010 As 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 – 2019 545 21 20
2017 – 2018 482 19 6
2016 – 2017 483 16 7
2015 – 2016 286 13 3
2014 – 2015 191 13 3

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.