Dear Midlothian 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?
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Dear Alex Parsons,
I refer to your recent FOI regarding FOI administration and can provide
the below information:
1. How many people are employed to deal with FOI? There are no staff
members employed to deal solely with FOI. Managers deal will FOI’s within
their service and within each directorate (of which there are 3 within
Midlothian Council) there is one Performance and Improvement Lead Officer
who has 5% of his/her job description as overseeing responses to Subject
Access Requests and Freedom of Information requests, plus one Performance
and Improvement Officer who has 25% of their job description as preparing
responses to Subject Access requests and Freedom of Information requests.
2. What is the budget for administering FOI? N/A
3. Do you use case management software for FOI? If so, which one? No, when
FOI requests are received they are logged and tracked on our Customer
Relationship Management system.
4. Do you publish a disclosure log? No
Emma McDougall l Performance and Improvement Officer l Resources
8: [email address] l (0131 271 3804
Midlothian Council l Midlothian House l 40-46 Buccleuch Street l Dalkeith
l Midlothian l EH22 1DN
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which Midlothian Council has dealt with his/her request for information
under section 1(1) of the FOISA, by virtue of section 20 of the FOISA, may
require Midlothian Council to review its actions and/or decisions in
relation to that request. Details of Midlothian Council's complaints
procedure under the FOISA are set out in the section outlined as follows:
Midlothian Council’s Complaints Procedure under the FOISA:
An applicant who is dissatisfied with the way in which Midlothian Council
has dealt with his/her request for information under section 1(1) of the
FOISA, may, by virtue of Section 20 of the FOISA, require Midlothian
Council to review its actions and/or decisions in relation to that
If you wish Midlothian Council to review its actions and/or decisions with
respect to your request for information, you should write to the Director,
Corporate Resources or other official whose name is printed at the top of
this letter. That official will arrange for your application for review
to be considered. Thereafter he will write to you informing you of the
decision by not later than twenty working days after receipt of your
request requiring that a review be made. By virtue of Section 21 of the
FOISA, you will be provided with a statement of reasons for arriving at
the decision made.
Your request for review should reach Midlothian Council within 40 working
Requests for review must be in writing (or in another form which has some
permanency and is capable of being used for subsequent reference eg
audio/video tape recording). You must:-
· state your name and address for correspondence;
· give details of the information which you originally requested
from Midlothian Council; and
· state the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the way in which
your application for information has been dealt with.
Your Right to Complain to the Scottish Information Commissioner:
Under Section 47 of the FOISA, a person who is dissatisfied with the
outcome of their request for review by the Council may apply to the
Scottish Information Commissioner to determine whether their request (or
any part of it) has been properly dealt with.
An application to the Scottish Information Commissioner must be made in
writing (or in another form having some permanency eg an audio/video tape
recording) within six months of receipt of a Section 21 Notice by the
applicant. The applicant must specify:-
a) his/her name and address for correspondence;
b) the request for information to which the requirement for
review by Midlothian Council related;
c) the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the way in which Midlothian Council dealt with their
original request; and
d) the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction relating to the review by Midlothian Council.
The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted at:-
Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS
(Telephone – 01334 464610; Fax - 01334 464611; Email –