Comes, not unsurprisingly, from Heather Tomlinson’s intellectually vacuous education department.
Local Campaigners trying to save the extremely good and popular Sefton Park School from congenital school wrecker, Peter Hammond’s factory-style expansion plans have recently resorted to using the Freedom of Information Act (FoI) through My Society’s excellent What do they know? website to try and find out what on earth is being perpetrated by the Bristol Labour Party against their local school.
And they’ve even had a reply to one request – ‘Cost of recent Sefton Park School Expansion consultation‘, which includes this daft statement:
I have been advised that I may send information but not documents under a Freedom of Information request
Really? You can’t release documents under the Freedom of Information Act? Where the hell did Heather’s department get that one from? Who’s advising them on FoI? Coco the Clown?
The briefest of glances at FoI legislation reveals exemptions certainly exist under the act but, unsurprisingly, nowhere does it list “not allowed to send documents” as one of them.
Incredible isn’t it? A government department responsible for disbursing hundreds of millions of pounds that spends more millions on management then more millions on endless contracts for ‘expert’ CONsultants and they can’t even understand a simple piece of legislation and provide a competent service around it.
Or is it that Heather and her staff presume we’re all as stupid as she is?