Some requests under the Freedom of Information Act are an unnecessary drain on the public purse, according to the leader of Essex County Council.

David Finch said the estimated cost to the council this year will be £236,000, compared to £185,000 in 2013.

Speaking to the BBC, the Conservative group leader criticised requests on issues such as “apocalypse zombies” and the “number of public loos in Essex”.

Reported by the Epping Guardian. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.