***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
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