The good people over at My Society have just sent over a very thorough and informative leaflet, with information on the current consultation looking at possible changes to be made to the way we make Freedom Of Information Requests (FOI).
The Freedom of Information Act gives people the right to access information held by public sector organisations. Anyone can make a request, and there are no restrictions on age, nationality or where you live. This almost unfettered right has been monumental in highlighting unethical and illegal conduct by public sector bodies and as a result, improving government. The proposed changes would make it very difficult for wrongdoing to be brought out into the open because they severely limit the public’s right to information.
The leaflet explains that when similar changes were made to FOI requests in Ireland, its use fell by 50% and media requests dropped by 83%. A helpful summary…
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