Monday, April 02, 2007

Freedom of Information Act - more time to oppose restrictions

The Government is proposing to amend the fee regulations on FOI requests, setting a limit on public authority expenditure, above which the request can be refused. It has just announced that it is to extend the consultation process to allow more time for opinions to be heard on this issue.
The Government commissioned an "independent" report from a thinktank called "frontier economics" whose Directors are narrowly drawn from the business sector - rather than from the voluntary sector and civil society.

The various reports and consultation documents are available on the Department of Constitutional Affairs website:
and here:

Some of the reasons why this measure should be opposed are set out by Heather Brooke on
her blog, Your Right to Know: