Croydon Council: where FOI stands for something else

And here’s another, if somewhat minor but no less crass example of how Croydon Council executives, earning six-figure salaries, are flagrantly and deliberately squandering your money.

On this occasion, it has been done with the knowledge of the leader of Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, and his deputy, Tim Pollard, and presumably condoned by them.

It’s another £250 to be spent on processing a Freedom of Information request. Except no such request was actually made.

Yesterday, Inside Croydon sent an email to a public servant, chief executive Jon Rouse, and the borough’s solicitor, Julie Belvir, which included a couple of questions.

One of them was a request for the contact details for the council’s new press office head.

Nearly four hours later, this is the response we received:

Dear Mr Downes,

Thank you for your e mail which is being referred to the FOI team.

Julie Belvir
Director of Democratic & Legal Services
Democratic & Legal Services
London Borough of Croydon

Tel: 020 8686 4433 Ext. 64985

Croydon Council’s motto, in case you needed reminding, is “Proud to Serve”.

And presumably they believe that the acronym FOI stands for something other than Freedom of Information.

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