Under the Freedom of Information Act there is an upper limit above which we, as a Council, do not have to provide information. This limit for local authorities is £450. The general guideline for working out whether or not a request may exceed this total is if the amount of work involved in finding and retrieving the information is likely to exceed 18 hours (2.5 working days).
We aim to advise the requestor of the information that the request will cost more than £450 as early on in the process as possible so that they have the option to adjust their request to bring it under the £450 limit. We can also provide the informatin on a cost recovery basis if the requester wishes.
Where there is an existing charge for information these charges will still apply. See our Fees and Charges
As soon as the charge is determined they will be sent a letter requesting that they pay the amount before the information can be sent to them.