The complainant has requested the total number of covid-19 deaths where covid-19 was the only cause of death. The Trust determined that providing this information would exceed the cost limit outlined in section 12 (Cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit) of the FOIA. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust is entitled to rely on section 12 of the FOIA. However, she also finds that the advice and assistance offered to the complainant is insufficient for the Trust to have fully complied with its obligations according to section 16 (Duty to provide advice and assistance) of the FOIA. The Commissioner therefore requires the public authority to provide the complainant with advice and assistance so far as this is reasonable and practicable.
FOI 12: Complaint not upheld
 UKICO IC-84975
England and Wales
Updated: 01 August 2022; Ref: scu.663024