The truth is in the data – or lack of it

Following on from the previous post, I received an answer yesterday to my FOI request seeking the full costs of the Government’s survey commissioned from Frontier Economics, the first consultation, and the ‘consultation on the consultation’.

I discovered that while the Government is content to spend taxpayers’ money on the cost of being accountable to the taxpayer, it is not content to record the amount wasted by bureaucrats. Their response to all my queries, a remarkably terse:

I am writing to advise you that the information you requested was not recorded, therefore not held by the department.

Read their response here (word 216kb).

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