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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50240978
  • Date: 2 June 2009
  • Public Authority: London Borough of Enfield
  • Summary: The complainant submitted a series of requests to the public authority which were mainly focused on housing issues relating to the ‘Edmonton Partnership Initiative’ regeneration project and as a consequence of the responses received made several complaints to the Information Commissioner (“the Commissioner”). On 13 July 2006 the complainant requested information relating to the reason and duration of suspension of the [a named employee]. The complainant alleged that the public authority failed to respond to this request. Following intervention by the Commissioner, the public authority confirmed that it did hold information of the description specified but refused to disclose the information on the basis that it was personal data and disclosure would breach the Data Protection Act 1998. The public authority also refused to disclose this information on the basis of section 41. The Commissioner has reviewed the requested information and has decided that the public authority correctly applied section 40(2) in this case. In view of this, the Commissioner did not consider the public authority’s application of section 41. The Commissioner did however find procedural breaches of sections 1(1)(a), 10(1), 17(1) and 17(1)(b) of the Act as the public authority did not respond to the request within the statutory time frame and did not fully cite the exemption but he does not require any action to be taken. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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