To those not up to speed:
- Last year I put in a Freedom of Information request to the Dfe for Free School Application Forms & acceptance/rejection letters.
- The DfE turned down my request, twice.
- After an 11-month consideration the Information Commissioner’s Office said, under the rules of the law, the DfE had to release the information.
- This morning I found out the DfE have appealed and are taking the judgement to First Tier Tribunal.
- The involvement of lawyers (way to spend taxpayers money, DfE)
- An additional delay (probably of about 6-9 months)
- By the time I get the information it will be far out of date (*gasp*…could this be the reason for the delay?!)
- All similar requests in the intervening period will be rejected, AND CRUCIALLY
- The public still won’t have access to information for which the ICO ruled there is a “very strong public interest”
Still, if I have to carry on with this silliness for another year in order that the public can access information which, until 2010, was always open and which has been ruled as being vital for accountability, then that is what I’ll do.
DfE, I’ll see you at Tribunal. Make sure to shine your shoes.