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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50201884
  • Date: 16 June 2009
  • Public Authority: Challock Parish Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested information from Challock Parish Council (“the council”) including money received since 1978 and correspondence from 1989. The council refused to provide this under section 12 as compliance would exceed the appropriate cost limit. During the course of the investigation, the council also sought to rely on the exclusion at section 14, that the request is vexatious. The Commissioner has investigated and found that the council were not obliged to comply with the request by virtue of section 12(2) therefore he has not gone on to consider whether section 14 is engaged. The Commissioner also found that the council breached the requirements of section 17(7) and section 16(1) and requires the council to contact the complainant in order to refine his request in line with its duty under section 16 to provide advice and assistance.
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