Rejected petition Change the law to stop councils blocking complaints by withholding all records

A request for full disclosure of all records was made to Woking Borough Council it appeared that they would comply until a request was made to the Chief Executive that he confirm if the Council were going to withhold any records and this resulted in the Council declining full disclosure.

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Currently Councils/County Councils can withhold records to block complaints and there is nothing that individuals can do. We have experienced failures by WBC and SCC over 30 yrs and have contacted our local MP who refused to get involved. We have tried to contact the Chief Executive of the Information Commission who has maintained silence and this is allowing the poorest in our communities and those who are more vulnerable to discrimination not to be able to pursue their complaints any further.

This petition was rejected

Why was this petition rejected?

It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

Under the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations, you already have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority, such as a government department, local council or state school. We're therefore not sure exactly what you'd like the Government or Parliament to do.

You can find out more here, including what you can do if you are not satisfied with the way that a request for information has been handled:

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