Beginning to look at the protocol and etiquette of making FOI requests. A couple of incidental but noteworthy points.
‘To be valid under the Act, the request must: be in writing. This could be a letter or email. Requests can also be made via the web, or even on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter if your public authority uses these;‘
Yet a Sheffield Councillor thinks otherwise…
FOI doesn’t apply if you email asking a question. Try that first. Then FOI if need be.
— Leigh Bramall (@leigh_bramall) July 26, 2013
which in turn link to this:
Questions can be valid #FOI requests, but often preferable all round if handled as routine business, so long as info provided.
— Campaign for FOI (@CampaignFoI) July 29, 2013
Would be nice to know whether a simple question is better/worse than an elaborate request for information on a range of inter-related topics.