Spankymonkey wrote:I already provided a link instancing long overdue responses
Apologies - I missed that reply. However, the link you give is not to the page on WDTK devoted to requests to the BBC, but rather to the results of a search for the term "BBC" - so many of the requests on the page do not in fact relate to the BBC. Moreover, it's noteworthy that some, eg this
, and this
, which have been classified as "Long overdue" by the requesters, are in fact not overdue.
Spankymonkey wrote:you claim to have such an active involvement in the site and therefore should be aware of the consistency of these abuses
I don't have active involvement, other than, as I say, I have used it a lot, know some volunteers on it, and have advised on another iteration. However, I have had a very quick look through the most recent hundred requests to the BBC. Of these, I can see five requests which have not had a response within the statutory timescale (it's important to look at the correspondence itself when a requester says the response is delayed - often it isn't and they have marked it as such for some other reason). Five out of a hundred is pretty close to the figure I gave earlier in this thread from the BBC's own report. It's not perfect, and each late response is a breach of a legal requirement, but some perspective is needed. The BBC, as so many other public authorities, deal with a large amount of requests in a compliant and helpful manner, and disclose large amounts of information.
This is not to defend instances where they fail to comply.