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Sussex Police under watch over poor freedom of information request record
11:56am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
Sussex Police has been placed on watch by the data watchdog over its poor record responding to freedom of information requests.
The force will be scrutinised for three months by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) following complaints, along with the Home Office and South Tyneside Council.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, a public authority must respond to an FOI request within 20 working days.
The ICO is to examine all three authorities' responses to FOI requests received between July 1 and September 30 and failure to show signs of improvement may result in enforcement action.
Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said: "The Government has made a clear commitment towards making the UK's public sector one of the most transparent in the world.
"Responding to FOI requests within the time limit of 20 working days is an important means of achieving this objective.
"We hope that these authorities can make the improvements the public has a right to expect. We should not have to order authorities to respond to requests in time."
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