A London council has said it doesn’t know how many FOI requests it has responded to on time in the last year. 

The Romford Recorder report:

Havering Council is unable to say how many times it’s breached Freedom of Information law in the past year.

Ironically, that’s because the response to a Recorder FOI submission asking how many requests haven’t received timely responses is itself 27 working days overdue.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, public bodies – such as councils – must respond to requests for information within 20 working days, either supplying the data or making the case that it should be withheld.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.