FOISA and the EIRs set timescales about when you can request a review and when you can make your appeal.
For example, the Commissioner cannot take action until you have asked the authority to review its decision and allowed 20 working days for it to reply. If the authority replies before the 20 working days are up, you can go straight to the Commissioner.
When calculating working days, remember to exclude public holidays, and if you submitted a request or asked for a review by post, allow 3 working days each way for delivery.
You must be able to answer NO to these questions:
- Was your request for a review made too early or too late?
- Are you too early or too late making your appeal?