Freedom Of Information Requests To Remain Free


Heartening news?

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In what will be welcome news for many, Freedom Of Information requests will remain free and no legal changes will be made, either.

The decision to keep the FOI request process as it is comes after an Independent Commission was asked to look into the service and see whether charging the public to use it, amongst other proposals, would be appropriate.

And in keeping with the FOI’s spirit, public bodies will also now be required to reveal staff expenses.

The complete findings of the Freedom of Information Commission’s review are set to be published in the near future, however Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has confirmed there would be no wholesale changes to the FOI Act itself:

“After 10 years, we took the decision to review the Freedom of Information Act and we have found it is working well… We will not make any legal changes to FOI. We will spread…

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