FOI headlines from the week ending 9th November.

UK Freedom of information headlines – week ending 9th November

A round up of all the most important Freedom of Information news, and best uses for the week ending 9th November 2012. Brought to you by @FOIdirectory. Follow us on Twitter for updates and news about FOI, plus a brand new website coming soon.

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Welcome to this week’s FOI headlines. There seems to be an unintentional theme this week of councils/government being useless with FOI requests. 
A Stormont department in Northern Island failed to reply to a FOI request until the evening before it was due in court over the request. 
It took them 320 days to reply….
Answer to FoI query took 320 daysA Stormont department behaved contemptuously in waiting almost a year to answer a Freedom of Information request, a court has heard. A re…
A Parish council has until the end of the year to respond to a request to see their publication scheme or it will face a High Court date. 
Border Group Parish Council, near Hertfordshire, has failed to produce the publication scheme after 18 months despite previous requests to do so from the Information Commissioner’s Office. 
Parish council facing High Court over Freedom of Information concernHerefordshire parish council facing High Court over Freedom of Information concern 9:40am Friday 9th November 2012 in News By Bill Tanner…
A parish council is to be helped out by a local district council after the entire of the council stepped down after receiving too many FOI requests. 

All five of Walberswick Parish Council’s members quite after they have received more than 100 FOI requests. 
Barmy.

Council help after resignationsA district council has had to step in to help a village whose parish councillors resigned en masse. All five representatives of Walberswi…
Council’s in the North-East and North Yorkshire have spent at least £600,000 on smartphones, iPads and other gadgets for their employees. 
Councils spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on smartphones and other gadgets for employeesCouncils spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on smartphones and other gadgets for employees 8:00am Monday 5th November 2012 in News …
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