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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Another Victory for Alan Dransfield

Met Office Posted on Thu, April 11, 2013 16:46:13

The Met Office told Mr Dransfield his request for evidence of Lighning Protection Systems was refused on the grounds of national security! Fortunately, he has had this ludicrous decision overturned by the Information Commission, who is this case acted sensibly.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (again)

Vexatious Posted on Thu, April 11, 2013 16:32:27

Information Commissioners Office (ICO)

Please find the response from the Stockport Borough Council, who have refused my FOI request under section 14(1) vexatious. I now wish to elevate this complaint to the ICO.

The full history of my FOIA request is available at the Whatdotheknow website.

Please also be mindful that I have been corresponding with the SMBC Solicitor Mr Barry Khan for the past 6/7 months and he has not suggested my requests are vexatious.

SMBC have stated they are not prepared to review their vexatious decision which, I believe, is in violation to the FOIA 2000. In actual fact, I am unable to elevate my complaint to the ICO until the SMBC have reviewed their decision, but it would appear the SMBC FOIA manager, Mr Oldfield, is somewhat cavalier.

I am also very concerned at the statement below from the SMBC:-

“providing a channel for unauthorised investigations into the legality of building constructions by members of the public”.

My understanding of the FOIA 2000 is that a request is both motive blind and applicant blind; hence, it would appear the SMBC are treating the requester as vexatious NOT the request.

I am also at a complete loss how they can claim my request for Lightning Protection Test Results is vexatious, because they sent me the test results yesterday! It would appear to me that the left hand of SMBC don’t know what the right hand is doing.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield