Information request rap for Yarmouth Council

GREAT Yarmouth Borough Council is being monitored for the next three months after it breached freedom of information time scales.

The council is one of 30 public bodies that have been named and shamed by the Information Commissioner’s Office for taking too long to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Yarmouth Borough Council was included on the list which detailed organisations which had less than 85pc of requests dealt with in appropriate time scales.

The council says it has now improved its performance with 90pc of requests being answered in time with more information of its website.

Robert Read, the council’s head of policy and improvement, said: “We do tend to receive more requests than our local authority neighbours.

“We already monitored and recorded all requests received but have now implemented a procedure where our executive management team look at this on a regular basis to ensure that all requests will be dealt with on time.”

Other bodies placed on three month monitoring were the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and the Rural Payments Agency.

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Graham Smith, deputy commissioner from the Information Commissioner’s Office said: “We will monitor the authorities named for three months but may take action during this timeframe if an authority’s standard of compliance is revealed to be particularly poor or it is unwilling to make the improvements necessary.”