11 February 2022
Brendon Mills [FYI request #18081 email]
Tēnā koe Brendon Mills
On 3 January 2022,
you emailed the Ministry of Social Development (the
Ministry) requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the
• Of the people who you have placed in emergency housing, I would like
to know how many have been former ACC long term claimants that have
been exited from ACC cover.
I am unable to provide you with this information as it is held in notes on
individual case files. In order to provide you with this information, Ministry staff
would have to manually review thousands of files. As such, I refuse your
request under section 18(f) of the Official Information Act. The greater public
interest is in the effective and efficient administration of the public service.
I have considered whether the Ministry would be able to respond to your
request given extra time, or the ability to charge for the information requested.
I have concluded that, in either case, the Ministry’s ability to undertake its
work would still be prejudiced.
The principles and purposes of the Official Information Act 1982 under which
you made your request are:
• to create greater openness and transparency about the plans, work and
activities of the Government,
• to increase the ability of the public to participate in the making and
administration of our laws and policies and
• to lead to greater accountability in the conduct of public affairs.
This Ministry fully supports those principles and purposes.
If you wish to discuss this response with us, please feel free to contact [MSD request email].
If you are not satisfied with this response, you have the right to seek an
investigation and review by the Ombudsman. Information about how to make
a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
or 0800 802 602.
Ngā mihi nui
Magnus O’Neill General Manager
Ministerial and Executive Services
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