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FOI 9536

COMMUNICATIION WITH LGA

Request

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Since 1 April 2014 until 16 August 2014:

All electronic communications between the organisation's FOI team/employees responsible for compliance with the Act and the Local Government Association (LGA) relating to Freedom of Information requests and the processing/answering of requests.

For example: I am aware of the LGA and associated organisation LLG requesting views on FOI from local authorities earlier this year in correspondence entitled: “FOI information wanted”

In this correspondence the LGA requested:

“Please pass this request to your info officer(s) to respond to the LGA with as much info on the above lines as possible, to inform the LGA’s discussions with the Government. Whilst FOI is now a fact of life, it may be possible and practical to make some changes to the system which may compensate LAs for the cost of people and bodies exploiting the system for commercial purposes. Please send information to xxxx@local.gov.uk [email address redacted]”

(highlighted here: http://www.cfoi.org.uk/2014/05/move-to-restrict-use-of-foi-by-campaigners-criticised/)

Please provide all other communications with the LGA (from both the council and the LGA) relating to FOI requests during the time period requested.

Response

I can confirm that Brentwood Borough Council have had no electronic communications between the organisation's FOI team/employees responsible for compliance with the Act and the Local Government Association (LGA) relating to Freedom of Information requests and the processing/answering of requests since 1 April 2014 until 16 August 2014.

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