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Fees for FOI appeals

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals that fees should be introduced for appeals to the Tribunal against Information Commissioner FOI decisions. The proposals would have serious implications for individual FOI requesters and the general public. However, figuring out precisely where these proposals can be found is a little tricky.
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New FOI commission heralds “crackdown on the right to know”

A major attack on the public’s right to information is likely following the government’s announcement today of a new Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The Commission has been asked to consider whether new measures are needed to protect the government’s internal discussions from disclosure and to reduce the ‘burden’ of the FOI Act.

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FOI and policy advice

The Campaign has published this briefing explaining how the Information Commissioner and Tribunal have protected the ‘safe space’ and genuinely frank discussions from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
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Gove comments indicate government plans to weaken FOI

The Campaign for Freedom of Information expressed concern at today’s Commons statement by the Justice Secretary Michael Gove saying that the government would “revisit” the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that civil servants’ advice to ministers was protected so they could “speak candidly”.
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Campaign criticises government veto proposals

The Campaign for Freedom of Information today criticised the government’s statement that it would seek to strengthen minister’s powers to veto decisions under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. The announcement was made in a lobby briefing in the run up to today’s publication of Prince Charles’ correspondence with government departments. The material had been sought by the Guardian newspaper under the FOI Act.
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FOI manifesto commitments

What does the future hold for Freedom of Information? We’ve been going through the major parties’ election manifestos to see what FOI commitments have been made.
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Welcome for Supreme Court’s ruling on the ministerial veto in Prince Charles case

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed today’s Supreme Court ruling that ministers cannot veto decisions of the Tribunal that deals with FOI cases merely because they disagree with them. The judgment followed the Attorney General’s attempt to block disclosure of Prince Charles’ correspondence with government departments. The Upper Tribunal had ordered disclosure after Guardian journalist Rob Evans had requested it. The correspondence will now have to be disclosed.
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Campaign for Freedom of Information celebrates 30th anniversary – with Steve Bell cartoon

The Campaign for Freedom of Information – which played a key role in securing the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act – celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. The Act itself is 10 years old this month.
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Move to restrict use of FOI by campaigners criticised

A survey of local councils, aimed at gathering information to push for restrictions to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, has been criticised by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. A body representing local authority lawyers has appealed to councils on behalf of the Local Government Association (LGA)  saying the LGA is thinking of calling for changes to the Act and asking them to supply details of “problems” caused by it. [*] Read More

Two consultations on FOI this year

Justice minister, Simon Hughes, today confirmed there would be two significant consultations on the Freedom of Information Act this year:
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