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Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, demands extending FOI to companies providing services to the public sector

13/12/2016 by:

The ICO will submit a report to Parliament next year arguing the need to extend the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) to apply to outsourcing in the public sector. This would bring private sector companies providing services to public sector...

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New Information Commissioner takes a supportive stance on FOI

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31/08/2016 by:

Newly appointed Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, says that she intends to oppose the government’s suggestion to introduce fees for FOI appeals to the Information Rights Tribunal. “Introducing new fees could potentially lead to a chill i...

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Justice Committee recommendation would ‘seriously undermine FOI Act’

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23/06/2016 by:

The House of Commons Justice Committee says that the right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) against an Information Commissioner’s FOI decision should be abolished. The Justice Committee recommendation would 'seriously undermine FOI Act',...

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No change a victory for Freedom of information after its 10 year review

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24/03/2016 by:

The Burns Commission, which recently completed its review of the working of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), does not propose any substantial changes to the law. The Commission does not recommend charges for requests and the government has...

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No major legislative changes to FOI Act needed, FOI review concludes

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04/03/2016 by:

The Burns Commission, which has been evaluating whether changes are needed to the Freedom of Information Act, says that FOI should remain free of charge, and that the veto provision should be narrower and more limited. Information Commissioner...

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