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Local Government: Freedom of Information

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 31658, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he has plans to waive obligations on local authorities to reply to freedom of information requests as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

23 March 2020

During the current pandemic, we recognise that resources may be unavailable to deal with FOI Requests. Although statutory deadlines will not be extended, the Regulator, the Information Commissioner, has stated that organisations will not be penalised during this extraordinary period.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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