A response from North East Lincolnshire Council to an adapted version of the FOI request featuring in the article
Dear Mr Frankly
I am pleased to acknowledge your request for information, which has been allocated the reference number 20110xxx
Since July 20th 2011 you have made, including this request, six Freedom of Information requests for details relating to the Council's Council Tax activities. Following a review of the requests we consider the requests to be made as part of a wider campaign to gather information from the Council. Therefore in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, the Council has made the decision to aggregate the requests; therefore the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests would be taken to be the total costs of complying with all of them. The requests from you which we have deemed to be part of a campaign and aggregated are 20110xxx, 20110xxx, 20110xxx, 20110xxx, 20110xxx and 20110xxx.
We have estimated, that the time taken and required for the activities needed to locate, retrieve and extract the information asked for in these requests exceeds the appropriate limit of £450 (18 hours) as specified by the Freedom of Information Act. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a public authority is not obliged to comply with a request where the estimated cost of doing so would exceed the appropriate limit. Further information about how we handle requests which exceed the appropriate limit can be found in our Charging Policy for information requests, which is available on our website at http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/council-and-d ... formation/
Therefore as North East Lincolnshire Council has already exceeded the appropriate limit in dealing with the requests identified above, we will not be complying with this request by virtue of section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.