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Ridiculous staffing levels at the Information Commissioner's Office?

Information CommissionerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 29, 2017 07:57:45
Email sent - Sun 29/01/2017 07:03

Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter.

Dear Sir

According to the ICO published records for their Decision Notices (DN) the ICO has completed only 34 DN this month and 35 for last month.

I do not accept such totals warrant the huge staffing Levels at the ICO.

Moreover and more importantly, their total DN numbers have had huge discrepancies for the last two weeks.

I call upon my MP to write to the Minister of Culture and Sport and the Lord Chief Justice protesting on my behalf about the ICO workload. The average total of Decision Notices for last year was 100 per month. What is also very alarming is the ICO has no idea how much each individual case costs the public purse.

I believe every FOIA case which passes through the ICO should be given a cost centre control ref number and then the ICO would be able to identify total costs of individual cases.

I am also alarmed to learn the ICO does not operate either ISO 9000 series QA/QC or ISO 1400 Environmental. It would appear the ICO is allocated a lump sum each year say £15 million pounds to run their organization and there is no fiscal accountability or ring-fence. The ICO has no QA/QC controls and for the last decade the ICO officials have been able to claim expenses without receipts. They are also still non- compliant to the Register of Interest laws.

I am of the opinion the ICO is in need of a good shakedown to improve quality of service for the general public.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

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