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Bosses won't stop us making FoI requests'

PUBLISHED: 12:28 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

FREEDOM of Information (FoI) applicants have said threats by council bosses to print their details on its website will not put them off making more requests. Bexley council bosses are considering publishing details of requests on their website, but appl

FREEDOM of Information (FoI) applicants have said threats by council bosses to print their details on its website will not put them off making more requests.

Bexley council bosses are considering publishing details of requests on their website, but applicants are demanding that they publish the full reply and name of the person replying as well as the applicants' details.

Rita Grootendorst, from Bexley, made two requests last year to Bexley council, including one about payments to its chief executives. She said: "Publish and be damned I say.

"I have no secrets, I don't have anything to hide."

Legal adviser John Watson, from Sidcup, said he made approximately 35 FoI requests to Bexley council last year, ranging from issues such as bus passes to road safety.

He said: "I think it would be marvellous, but only if they published all the requests and all the responses."

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "The FoI Act is fairly recent legislation and some practical issues relating to its implementation are still being established.

"We feel that there may be a case for publishing information about the origin of the growing number of requests we receive, but this is an issue we need to explore further.

"We hope that by publishing more facts and figures about the work of the council on our website, we will reduce the need for people to make requests under the Act to obtain information.

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