Edinburgh City Council finds FOI a burden on resources

In Edinburgh City Council's response to the Scottish Executive consultation on the effectiveness of Scotland's freedom of information legislation, officials claim the scheme is costing more in staff time and money than was first anticipated. The response claims the legislation has not always lived up to expectations because of "the preponderance of requests from journalists looking for free stories, political researchers and businesses seeking information for commercial purposes".

Edinburgh City Council leaders suggested that staff time costs for requests should be increased from £15 to £25 and the limit where requests have to be processed should be dropped from £600 to £400. The Evening News reported officials as saying that frontline services should not be compromised by "frivolous or loaded requests".

Freedom of information requests 'too much' (Evening News, 13 May 2006)