Norfolk council to investigate time and money spent on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests

Council bosses are planning to investigate how much money and officer time is being spent on researching Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

Broadland District Council said it previously believed enough time was being spent on answering requests without having the additional responsibility of finding out how long this had taken.

But the authority says it will conduct a review due to the 'increasing scale of requests'.

Broadland received 741 FOI requests in 2011, of which 603 were responded to in full. Local land charges searches, which the council offers for free, also accounted for 231 of the enquiries.

There were 408 FOI requests in 2010 and 70 in 2005.

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