I feel slightly like I owe everyone an apology. I joined this discussion group only to find myself inundated with some consultation in connection with the Selective Schools Expansion Fund (SSEF) and having to reply to the Upper Tribunal. I’m now just catching up with 6 weeks of unread email and lots of missed deadlines.
This is simply wrong. The information requested was the guidance on hospitality and meeting disclosures held by the Cabinet Office at the time the request. The corollary of this argument would be that any guidance or policy may change and therefore can’t be released. Personally I think it is worth pursuing because not doing so encourages poor behaviour. (At the risk of stating the obvious) first by asking them to review their decision then if they still refuse referring to the ICO. It is rather a lot of time and effort although doesn’t actually cost anything.