Metropolitan Police Service and freedom of information responsibilities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2148
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The recently published  Information Commissioner's Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2014/15 states:  "During the year only two authorities, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, have been subject to extended monitoring and still continue to be monitored."  What steps are you taking to ensure that the Metropolitan Police Service fully complies with the 2000 Freedom of Information Act?

 

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service and freedom of information responsibilities

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service and freedom of information responsibilities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS received 4,488 FOI requests in 2014/15, this was 28% up on the 2010/11 receipts.

A recovery action plan was established in April 2014. Progress has been monitored through monthly reports to the ICO and quarterly meetings with the Deputy Information Commissioner.

All backlog timescale targets were achieved in 2014.

A business case for centralisation of responses to information access requests was approved in December 2014. The centralised team has been established and recruitment activity is expected to be completed by end of August 2015.

The MPS intends to have a centralised and sustainable service fully operational by 31 October 2015.