Request ID: FOI-3430-1920
Date published: 03 March 2020
A copy of any internal correspondence or minutes of discussions relating to TfL’s 2020 fare changes (announced here: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/new-fares) prior to that announcement.
TfL Ref: FOI-3430-1920
Thank you for your email of 6th February 2020 asking for information about TfL’s 2020 fares changes.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.
Specifically you asked:
“Under the FOI Act, I would like to request the following:
A copy of any internal correspondence or minutes of discussions relating to TfL’s 2020 fare changes (announced here: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/new-fares) prior to that announcement.”
I attach a copy of the advice note that was put to the Mayor in October 2019 which is the most relevant document we hold in relation to your request (note that given the continuing fares freeze there were no particular decisions to make and there are no minutes of any meetings). The advice note summarises the implementation of the fares freeze and any changes being made. In terms of the internal correspondence around this issue, there is no easy way for use to find all such information that falls within the scope of your request, and we believe that to source it all would cost more than the £450 limit for responding to FOI cases, as set out in section 12 of the FOI Act. This is calculated at a rate of £25 per hour, equivalent to 18 hours work. There are a number of different teams and personnel within TfL that may have exchanged emails (or other internal means of correspondence) about this issue, and there is no particularly cost-effective way of finding those which are within scope of the request as opposed to those which are not. So, for example, even if we were to identify all staff members who may have exchanged such correspondence, there is no individual keyword we could use to isolate all the relevant material. Rather, we would need to search on a number of different keywords and phrases such as “fares” or “freeze” which are likely to return a host of material, all of which would need to be reviewed to determine which were or were not specifically about the changes in 2020. We do not believe this is feasible within the £450 limit.
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
Transport for London
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