A simple request pointing out that information provided under C&RT’s publication scheme is incomplete has failed to result in its correction after more than a month. This is one of two requests that Information Officer - Legal and Governance Services, Melissa Ashdown-Hoff, considers as vexatious.
Ms Ashdown-Hoff states ‘I am refusing both your requests for information under section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act as I believe that they can be described as disproportionate and unjustified and fall under the definition of what can reasonably be considered as Vexatious. The legislation under section 14 states that:
“Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the request is vexatious.”
She goes on to say “The Freedom of Information Act was designed to give individuals a right of access to information held by the public sector in order to improve accountability and transparency. Section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act was established to protect the public sector from those individuals who choose to misuse the Act by submitting request with the intention of being annoying or disruptive or have a disproportionate impact on the public body.”
... perhaps someone should explain to her that C&RT is, supposedly, a charity and no longer in the public sector!
Ms Ashdown-Hoff's tirade does not stop -