Tribunal advocates generous meaning of “public authority” within the EIR

The First-tier Tribunal (“FTT”) in Poplar Housing Association and Regeneration Community Association (“Poplar”) v Information Commissioner and Peoples Information Centre (EA/2018/0199) has provided some further clarity, as well as its own opinion, on when a private organisation may be considered a “public authority” for the purposes of regulation 2(2)(c) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (the “EIR”). … Read more

Court of Appeal gives effect to the broad definition of environmental information under the EIR

The Court of Appeal in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy v The Information Commissioner and Alex Henney [2017] EWCA Civ 844 has upheld an Upper Tribunal (“UT“) decision that information about the communications and data component of a Smart Meter Programme (the “Programme“) constitutes “environmental information” for the purposes of regulation 2(1) of the Environmental … Read more