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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50236056
  • Date: 14 September 2009
  • Public Authority: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested information about whether the Council censored the local press, pointing to guidance for local authorities on community cohesion issued by the Department of Communities and Local Government that indicated that they worked together. The public authority responded that it did not hold any recorded information about this issue. The parties have agreed that on the balance of probabilities no relevant recorded information was held. However, the Commissioner has determined that the Council has breached sections 1(1)(a) and 10(1) in failing to explicitly deny it held relevant recorded information within the statutory timescales. The Commissioner requires no remedial steps to be taken in this case.
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