Archives for foi restrictions

Welcome for decision to drop proposed cabinet papers exemption

The government’s announcement that it has dropped its proposal to exempt cabinet papers from the Freedom of Information Act, and that it will reduce the 30 year rule to 20 years, was welcomed by the Campaign for Freedom of Information today.

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Concern over new freedom of information exemptions

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today that the Freedom of Information Act would be extended to additional bodies and that the 30 year period before old official papers are made public would be reduced to 20 years. This was a substantial step, the Campaign said, even if it did not go as far as the 15 year period recommended by the Dacre Review earlier this year.

However it expressed serious concern at Mr Brown’s announcement that new exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act would be introduced for Cabinet Papers and for information relating to the Royal Family.

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Campaign welcomes decision to shelve “improper” attempt to conceal MPs’ expenses

The government’s decision to withdraw the proposed Order excluding MPs’ expenses from the Freedom of Information Act was welcomed by the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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Access to MPs’ expenses move criticised

The government’s proposals, announced today (Jan 15) to prevent FOI requests being made for MPs’ individual expenses claims have been criticised by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. Instead of allowing requests for spending on individual items, the government is proposing that annual totals should continue to be published, though broken down into more categories than in the past.
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A thousand freedom of information stories demonstrate Act’s value

The value of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is highlighted by a new report summarising more than 1,000 press stories based on FOI disclosures during 2006 and 2007.

The 250 page report, by the Campaign for Freedom of Information, is based on disclosures made under the UK and Scottish FOI laws, which both came into force in January 2005.

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1,000 FOI stories from 2006 and 2007

A new report by the Campaign summarises more than 1,000 press stories based on disclosures under the UK and Scottish FOI acts in 2006 and 2007. The stories demonstrate the enormous range of information being released under FOI and reveal the substantial contribution to accountability made by the acts. In 2006, the government proposed to restrict the UK FOI Act, partly because of what it said was excessive use of the Act being made by journalists. The report shows how valuable the press’s use FOI has been. The proposals were dropped by Gordon Brown after he became prime minister in 2007. (Note: the report is 250 pages and may take a little while to download). Read the press release that accompanied publication of the report.

Welcome for positive moves on FOI

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has welcomed the government’s decision, announced today, to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information Act. Instead the government has announced that it will consult on extending the scope of the Act to certain kinds of private bodies and on changing the 30 year rule.

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Straw criticised for “totally unjustified attack” on Information Commissioner

The Campaign for Freedom of Information today (May 10) criticised Jack Straw, the Leader of the House of Commons, for what it said was his “totally unjustified” attack on the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas.

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Welcome for freedom of information rethink

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed today’s announcement which suggests that the government are no longer committed to introducing major restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act. Instead it has announced a further consultation, asking whether changes to the Act are needed at all.

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Government agrees to consult over plans to “scythe” freedom of information act

Draft government regulations published today could block anyone using the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to throw light on high profile issues, say campaigners. But the government has now issued a consultation document on its proposals, something it had previously resisted doing.

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