I've been submitting FOIs for about a year now and it is a steep learning curve. My first attempt received a terrible response but I didn't know the system (& neither did they, really!) so I blinked and before I knew it the six months had passed that the ICO normally treat as their statute of limitations.
I've seen this vexatious thing before, particularly with that fella in Nottingham (blog here:http://ncclols.blogspot.com/
). I saw the excuse of vexatiousness being raised by my local Town Council topic here: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/council_expenditure
so asked both the Council and the ICO for all dialogue between each other, the results of which are here:http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/correspondence_between_ico_and_m
. this case is quite illuminating if you read the dialogue between the Council and the ICO in the .pdf file at the end. (I still don't quite know what the real story is though). Also note that the six months didn't seem to apply in this particular case, depending on what the ICO use as their milestone.
I have only raised one case with the ICO, where the Council decided that they didn't have to provide some information because it was going to be available by other means at a later date. However, I asked for a supporting document for an Agenda item discussed in open Council and I regard their attempts to avoid giving me it as sheer bloody-mindedness (& they are trying to obfuscate the accounts anyway due to a big payout & non-disclosure last year). I await the ICO ruling with interest. My complaint here: [url]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/missing_agm_document_in_library