Access to information during Coronavirus outbreak
The Council has been facing unprecedented challenges this year. Firstly, in response to the flooding in February and now in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During this time, resources may have to be diverted away from usual compliance or information rights work. The council acknowledges that it can’t extend statutory timescales of requests and everyone is doing their best to meet these. However, priority may have to be given to other areas, eg the safeguarding of vulnerable people, during this extraordinary period.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has blogged about their approach to requests during this time.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has released a statement about Data Protection and the Coronavirus.