MASSIVE YAWN: DfE Have Appealed My Free School FOI Judgement

Laura McInerney

To those not up to speed:

  1. Last year I put in a Freedom of Information request to the Dfe for Free School Application Forms & acceptance/rejection letters.
  2. The DfE turned down my request, twice.
  3. After an 11-month consideration the Information Commissioner’s Office said, under the rules of the law, the DfE had to release the information.
  4. This morning I found out the DfE have appealed and are taking the judgement to First Tier Tribunal.

This means:

  1. The involvement of lawyers (way to spend taxpayers money, DfE)
  2. An additional delay (probably of about 6-9 months)
  3. By the time I get the information it will be far out of date (*gasp*…could this be the reason for the delay?!)
  4. All similar requests in the intervening period will be rejected, AND CRUCIALLY
  5. The public still won’t have access to information for which the ICO ruled there is a “very strong public interest”


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