Freedom of Information and useful data

***Last updated 8 May 2013***

A two-month sample of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received by Birmingham City Council recently revealed that the average request takes 10-12 hours to complete.

Using the rate of £25 per hour, as set out in the FOI fees regulations, this means the council spends between £250 and £300 on every query it receives.

In the 2012 calendar year, 1,522 requests were received – meaning the council spent somewhere between £380,500 and £456,600 answering questions in this way.

As part of the council’s commitment to transparency, assisting the media and effective use of taxpayer money, the Corporate Media Team is now making available copies of answers to frequently asked FOI requests or those on topics of current interest to journalists, where answers have previously been supplied to others.

This list will be updated on a regular basis as and when new topics become relevant.

FOI responses and other useful information

Chief Executive’s Remuneration

Chief Officer Salary Disclosure

Payments to suppliers over £500

FOI 7149 – payment terms to suppliers

Wholesale Market – Private agenda and report

Voluntary and Community Sector Funding Information

PFI Contracts

Council tax arrears

Library opening hours and staff numbers

Parking Enforcement

Children’s Centre funding from April 2011

Reduction in overseas travel costs

Fixed Asset Register

Agency spend on supply teaching staff

Debt recovery for non-payment of council tax

Celebrities engaged by Birmingham City Council 2005-11

Birmingham Council’s 2009-2010 Accounts

Census and Population Information

Office for National Statistics’ Birmingham neighbourhood statistics

Ward outlines as KML or JSON etc from MySociety

Constituency outlines as KML or JSON etc from MySociety

Boundaries from Ordnance Survey

Other datasets listed by BeVocal