A SENIOR director has apologised after City of York Council gave a highly inaccurate response to a Freedom of Information request about unspent ‘Section 106’ planning payments.

Ian Floyd, director of customers and business support services, admitted the authority was more than £700,000 out when it stated how much of the money, paid to the council by developers to help fund infrastructure projects, had never been spent.

Mr Floyd was responding to a complaint by chartered surveyor and council arch critic Paul Cordock, who spotted discrepancies between the answers to an FoI request made last November and another one made in December.

Reported by the York Press. 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.