Freedom of Information Statistics

This is an experimental website cross-referencing 2010-2018 Cabinet Office FOI Statistics with WhatDoTheyKnow FOI requests.

There is an accompanying report that explains our findings.

The Cabinet Office releases quarterly statistics of the number of FOI requests received - and how they were dealt with - by central government departments and agencies.

This website helps to explore that data to contextualise WhatDoTheyKnow requests in terms of the total scale of central government requests, and the scale of central government FOI requests compared to other public bodies.

Statistics are available for: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

You can explore by public body, by frequency of exemption used, or by success of reviews.

Start here, or read our report.