THE annual number of Freedom of Information Act requests made to Southampton City Council has risen from 761 to 978 in the past year.

Information was fully disclosed in three-quarters of requests. One hundred were turned down under legal exemptions.

The council said half of the requests came from private citizens, 19 per cent from the media, and 18 per cent from companies. The rest came from a combination of charities, students, lobby groups and political parties.