Category Archives: Transparency

European Parliament approves text of forthcoming EU Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data within the European Union

On 4th October 2018 the European Parliament (by 520 to 81 votes) agreed the text of the proposed EU Regulation on the Free Flow of Non-Personal Data in the European Union. The draft Regulation was proposed by the European Commission in 2017, … Continue reading

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Revised S.45 Code of Practice under FOI

GDPR has taken the limelight from other information governance legislation especially Freedom of Information.  In July 2018, the Cabinet Office published a new code of practice under section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000(FOI) replacing the previous version. … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information: New Draft S.45 Code of Practice

Amongst all the hype about GDPR it is easy to miss developments in other areas of information law.  In November 2017, the Cabinet Office published the revised code of practice (under section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000) … Continue reading

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New Local Government Transparency Code Consultation

The Local Government Transparency Code is due to be updated once again to require local authorities to proactively publish even more information. The Department for Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to require councils to publish: more information about land and property assets they … Continue reading

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New Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities

In October 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), published an updated version of the Local Government Transparency Code . This applies in England only and replaces the previous version. The code requires councils (as well as, amongst … Continue reading

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Yet Another Local Government Transparency Code – A Gift for Armchair Auditors?

The Coalition Government likes “armchair auditors”. Within weeks of coming to power in 2010, it released all items of local authority expenditure over £500. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, said at the time that … Continue reading

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Veni, Veto, Vici : Court of Appeal FOI Veto Case and its Implications

What effect will the Court of Appeal’s recent decision on the FOI – and EIR – ministerial veto have on another recent case – the vetoing of the decision to require disclosure of the High Speed Rail assessment review? On … Continue reading

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The £200 taxi and the 4 inch fish.

It was December. I’d spent a day training in Edinburgh and the following day was doing a morning in Reading. Bad planning I know but all I had to do was take a train from Edinburgh to London then on … Continue reading

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FOI Can Make You Money

Ibrahim Hasan has done a guest blog post for the Save FOI Blog. He says… “Many public authorities have expressed concerns about the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) being “abused” by the private sector. They have cited examples of … Continue reading

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My cat’s got no nose

Actually he’s suffering from coughing fits, lack of appetite and lethargy (but that’s irrelevant to the story) and my current vet isn’t making an accurate diagnosis. We’ve had several consultations which all require payment usually £20, boxes of expensive cat … Continue reading

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