The Information Commissioner’s office has written to the council warning them about the poor way they handled a FOI request from Margate B&B owner Louise Oldfield.
The office has also threatened the council with “more formal action” if they discover similar breaches of the rules in the future.
Norman Thomas, editor of Thanet Watch magazine, points out this has big implications for anyone who’s put in FOI requests to the council in the past.
“The FOI Commissioner’s office’s letter means that it’s almost certain that the council hasn’t properly answered many FOI requests and people have been given only a fraction of the information they’re entitled to see.”
“I would urge anyone who’s sent in an FOI in the past to get back in touch with the council and ensure they’ve given them the full facts relevant to their request.”
For more details on how Thanet council fouled up on handling FOI requests see the November issue of Thanet Watch in newsagents and shops across the isle.
If you have trouble finding your issue, ring Thanet Watch on 01843 604 253 or 07989 070843.