Subject Access Requests and FOI Section 40(1) exemption 2016

How many Subject Access Requests did you receive in the year Jan 1st 2016 to Dec 31st 2016 (or your equivalent business/financial year?)

194 subject access requests were received.

How many FOI Section 40(1) exemptions did you employ during this same time period?

This information is held but to locate and collate it would require a manual examination of the 1, 372 Freedom of Information requests we received in 2016.Even if each one only took an estimated one minute that would take over 23 hours. Under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 public authorities are not obliged to comply with requests which exceed the cost limit of £450 – equating to 18 hours of time. For this reason under the Freedom of Information Act Section 12 Cost of Compliance  – this information is exempt.

In the interests of providing advice and assistance, from April 2017 all of our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information request responses are published in our Disclosure Log and are freely available to search using terms such as information governance and freedom of information, for example.