Dear Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council,
I would like to make an FOI request for the following pieces of information:
1. How many people are employed to deal with FOI?
2. What is the budget for administering FOI?
3. Do you use case management software for FOI? If so, which one?
4. Do you publish a disclosure log?
If not all information is available, please treat questions individually.
REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 / ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS
The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was formed under the Local
Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 effective 1 April 2015 and replaces
the former councils of Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady Borough Councils
and Moyle District Council. Requests made to the legacy councils since 1
April 2015 are being handled by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough
Council and duplicate requests made to the legacy councils are being
treated as one request.
Council acknowledges your request for information under the above
legislation and will process your personal data, provided as part of this
request i.e. name and contact details as part of its legal obligation.
Your request is being considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) (as appropriate), subject to the
information not being exempt, containing reference to a third party or
other provisions within the legislation.
If any of the exemption categories apply, the information will not be
released and you will be informed of this, including your rights of
appeal. Where a public interest test is required, Council will inform you
if the 20 day time scale has to be extended.
Where information requested contains reference to a third party, they may
be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release
the information and you will be informed where appropriate.
There may be a fee payable for this information. For requests under FOIA,
Council will not normally charge unless the cost of responding exceeds
£450 based on £25 per hour. Where applicable, the council can choose to
either decline to respond to the request, or to do so only after payment
of a fee. Under the EIR, (subject to legislative exemptions) Council will
normally charge a fee for complying with requests for information based on
a fee of £25 per hour. Where a Fees Notice has been issued and no payment
received within three months of issue, the Council will consider the
request closed. Further information about charges for environmental
information is available at:
Council will endeavour to provide information in the format requested.
However if it is not practicable or it is unreasonable to do so, it will
likely be provided in pdf format. A disbursement fee may be applied and
any fees must be paid before the information is released.
Council will not respond to correspondence that has been copied to us.
If you have any queries about the process, please do not hesitate to
contact me. A leaflet entitled “The Right to Know” is available in all
main Council Offices and from the website which may answer your queries.
Please include the above reference number on all correspondence related to
For further information regarding your privacy rights or for how long we
hold your data, please refer to the privacy section of the website:
Please note that replies are subject to release under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Personal details, where applicable, will be removed
to protect confidentiality.
Business Support Assistant. Policy, Equality & Community Planning.
Tel : 028 2764 9493
Please find attached letter of response.
Linda R McKee
Linda R McKee MSc MPA
Information Governance and Records Management Officer
Tel. 028 777 60317. ext 3170