The complainant has requested from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) information about the cost of translation services over a five year period and the total budget for other items for the organisation over the same timeframe. The Trust stated that it did not hold information regarding the first part of the request and it refused to provide information regarding the second part of the request because it considered it to be publicly available information under section 21 of the FOIA. Some months later the Trust provided information in response to the first part of the request. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust has breached sections 1 and 10 of the FOIA because it did not provide information to which the complainant was entitled within the legislative timeframe of 20 working days. The Commissioner does not require the Trust to take any further steps.
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