With Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner

Date & time: Thursday, 1 October 2015, 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE’s New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Photo - Christopher Graham - March 2015In July 2015 the government announced that it was setting up a review of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act. The five person Commission is due to report by the end of November on whether the Act appropriately balances public interest with the need for sensitive information to be protected, taking into account the burden that the Act places on public authorities.

The announcement was met with concern from activists who fear that the review will be used to water down FOI in the UK. The Act, passed in 2000, currently obliges public authorities to publish certain information about their activities, and allows members of the public to request further information. It has been used, for example, by journalists reporting on MPs’ expenses.

Christopher Graham, who has been Information Commissioner since 2009, will speak on ‘Working Effectively: Lessons from 10 years of the Freedom of Information Act.’ His speech will be followed by a panel discussion with  the BBC’s Martin Rosenbaum, the Campaign for Freedom of Information’s Maurice Frankel, Rachel Oldroyd of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Sarah Hayward of Camden Council. Rosemary Agnew, the Scottish Information Commissioner, will also respond to issues raised in the speech.

This event is public and free to attend.