A new consultation on Freedom Of Information requests, which have until now allowed members of the public to access government data for free, is seeking to charge for the service, and has left people feeling deeply divided about the proposal.
Some have suggested that to charge for this information would limit a fundamental right, one which allows for greater transparency inside government, whilst others have taken the view that charging a fee is only reasonable in light of the man hours it requires to answer these requests and source the information asked for, where possible.
So who is right, and how should we address yet another cut to services which are most often used either by the most vulnerable in society, or on their behalf?
The Freedom Of Information Act was implemented in 2005 by a Labour government, and celebrated its 10th birthday last year. Among some of its victories, was…
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