28/04/2021

mySociety

Recommendations to reform Freedom of Information

The right to access official information is a necessary tenet within a healthy and functioning democracy. The Freedom of Information Act has now been in operation since 2000 in most of the UK, 2002 in Scotland. While efforts to add new restrictions to Freedom of Information laws are generally unsuccessful, reflecting how valued FOI is to the UK public, positive changes are also resisted. A new paper suggests changes along with four sets of recommendations to improve FOI legislation. In related news, the Evening Standard reports that a group of MPs and campaigners have expressed concerns over the apparent cover-up within Highways England after emails revealed the agency’s attempts to reject Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.

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