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Latest updates - last updated 1 August 2023

1 August 2023 - We have added the following Further reading resources:

  • FOI self-assessment toolkit – vexatious requests
  • FOI and EIR video training modules - vexatious, repeated and manifestly unreasonable requests

About this detailed guidance

This guidance discusses section 14(1) of FOIA, the provision for vexatious requests in detail and is written for use by public authorities. Read it if you have questions not answered in the Guide, or if you need a deeper understanding to help you apply section 14(1) in practice.

In detail