Category Archives: Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information Commission Report

    The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was established by the Cabinet Office in July last year to examine the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) and whether it required any changes. In October I … Continue reading

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Public Health Funerals, Heir Hunters and Freedom of Information

  Local authorities are seeing a substantial increase in the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from heir tracing companies for information about those who have had public health funerals. Recent appeal decisions from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) … Continue reading

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We don’t hold your data! (well… not for long anyway).

                Dear Sir or Madam: I recently received a mailing from you. I’d like you to send me a copy of the personal data you hold on me. I am particularly interested in … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information: The Future

Is the future bright for Freedom of Information? In July the Commission on Freedom of Information was established by the Cabinet Office (which now has responsibility for FOI). Its terms of reference are: “[To] review the Freedom of Information Act … Continue reading

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Is the Freedom of Information Act ‘working effectively’?

Image by Kevan via Creative Commons By Steven McGinty In July, Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, Lord Bridges, announced that there would be an independent cross-party review on Freedom of Information (FOI). The UK’s FOI Act was introduced in … Continue reading

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The FOI response arriving on platform two is 18 months late…

The request went in at the end of 2013. You can read the post again here and only 18 months after the original request during which time the east cost franchise changed hands. East Coast (government owned) failed to reply … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe It! Fees for FOI Tribunal Appeals

Just when you thought FOI was safe (“Oh no we didn’t! Not after that Cabinet Office packed the new FOI Commission with people who don’t particularly care about FOI”, I hear you say), The Ministry of Justice has announced a … Continue reading

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