Tag Archives: Freedom of Information

Local Government Transparency Code Re – Issued

   In February 2015 the Local Government Transparency Code was re issued to require local authorities to publish information about their social housing stock. The Code was made under Section 3 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 … Continue reading

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A Conservative Majority Government with Michael Gove as Justice Secretary! What now for Freedom of Information?

So now we have Conservative majority government, contrary to the pollsters’ predicted. I know what you are thinking; what now for Freedom of Information? Unlike Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives did not mention FOI in their election manifesto … Continue reading

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Information, Documents or Both – What is available under FOI?

It is an oft-repeated phrase that the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) provides a right of access to information but not documents. A recent Court of Appeal decision shows that it is not that straightforward an issue. Section 1 contains … 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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New FOI Exemption Comes Into Force Today

A new exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 comes into force today (1st October 2014). One of the key recommendations of the House of Commons Justice Select Committee in its (July 2012) report into post-legislative scrutiny of the … Continue reading

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The New Local Government Transparency Code

Section 3 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980 gives the Secretary of State the power to issue a code of practice about the publication of information by local authorities relating to the discharge of their functions. The … 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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