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    Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Chills, thrills and surprises: ten years of freedom of information in the UK

Freedom of Information is working well, concluded the Independent Commission appointed to look into how the Act is working. Here, Benjamin Worthy explains why politicians are unhappy with the process, but that it’s actually them who need to get behind FOI, or at least tolerate it.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been in the news again, when the […]

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    Better than asking: an experiment on the effectiveness of FOI requests

Better than asking: an experiment on the effectiveness of FOI requests

In July 2015 the government appointed a new independent commission to look into how the law on freedom of information (FOI) is working. Having received 30,000 pieces of evidence, the commission has also managed to unite the Guardian and the Daily Mail against it while Labour has responded with its own alternative review. Here, Ben Worthy, Peter John, and […]

The Werritty affair shows that now, more than ever, we need a statutory register for lobbyists.

Lobbying in politics is nothing new, but the recent resignation of Liam Fox from his ministerial post due to his close relationship with Adam Werritty has placed a new spotlight on the activities of lobbyists and the power they wield inside government. David Beetham of Democratic Audit argues that the growth of lobbying, often shrouded in secrecy, is worrying. More […]

Transparency is the foundation of accountability. The government is committed to Freedom of Information and to opening up public authorities to greater scrutiny to allow the public to hold them to account.

In its coalition agreement, the government pledged to build on the Freedom of Information Act and “extend transparency to every area of public life”. The Rt Hon Lord McNally, Minister of State for Justice, outlines the next steps that government will be taking to extend Freedom of Information and ensure the public have greater ability to hold them to account.

Despite the uphill battle in extending Freedom of Information to companies doing public work, the open data movement is already beginning to hold many of them to account.

Despite initial opposition, Freedom of Information is one of the more successful government policies of the last decade. Now, many believe that it is time for the Act to be extended to private companies doing work for public bodies. Ben Worthy argues that while this is not proving to be easy, many Open Data initiatives are already allowing the public […]

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