£9000 FOI request

The Birmingham Post has criticised Birmingham City Council for demanding a £9,000 administration fee to comply with a Freedom of Information request.

The Birminham Post asked the council to disclose how much it spent on first class rail fares and taxi journeys for its employees in 2005, but after having the request rejected under FOI the council gave details that they spend £6,000 a week on train fares. The Birmingham Post is appealing the council's decision to refuse to provide the information requested.

Post blasts council's £9,000 FOI request demand (Holdthefrontpage.co.uk, 20 January 2006)