Here we have two senior police officers moaning about the cost of being open and responding to FOI requests.
Yes, FOI costs money. But, it also increases transparency and accountability.
— Lynne Owens (@CCLynneOwens) February 8, 2015
— Ian Wiggett (@ACCIanWiggett) February 8, 2015
To brand a request as creating “unnecessary” work and “having no public value” is slightly troublesome as nobody knows what the response to the request may be used for.
And, in any case, one man’s definition of ‘no public value’ might be seen as another’s definition of ‘upmost public value’.
As has been suggested very recently (and many, many, times in the past) why don’t they move some of their press officers to the Freedom of Information teams. FOI is an obligation by law, managing a reputation is not.