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Coronavirus FPN’s (87A/21)

Request

  • The geographical distribution of fixed penalty notices issued by the West Midlands Police for breaking of Covid-19 regulations
  • The total number of fixed penalty notices issued by the West Midlands Police for breaking Covid-19 regulations between the period of the 23 March – 6 April 2020 and 4 January – 18 January 2021
  • The demographic breakdown of people issued with fixed penalty notices for breaking Covid restrictions in Birmingham relating to age, gender and ethnicity

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

REASON FOR DECISION

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  In order to locate and retrieve data regarding gender would require a manual search of all 1332 forms for the Birmingham NPU’s, this would exceed the FOI time limit.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Attachments

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