National Crime Agency ‘must be answerable’, warn MPs
Government plans to make its new major crime fighting body exempt from freedom of information laws have sparked fears amongst MPs and civil liberty groups over a lack of transparency and police “secrecy”, it has been reported.
Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are expected to add their weight to concerns voiced by campaigners after the Home Secretary said it was right to exempt the new National Crime Agency from the Freedom of Information Act.
The government has promised to extend the scope of FoI laws, which allow the public to demand information on how government bodies operate and spend taxpayers’ money.
Public Service | 26th June 2012
Most South Cumbrian Car Thefts Don’t Result In Court Action
LESS than half of car thefts in Barrow end with the thief being taken to court.
The number of car thefts in Furness towns has halved in the last five years, figures released to the Evening Mail under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.
However, the Cumbria police figures show only a small number of the thefts ever result in a court summons or charges.
North West Evening Mail | 26th June 2012
Salaries of Federal lawmakers to be made public
The National Assembly has been ordered to disclose, in 14 days, details of the salary, emoluments, and allowances received by its members between 2007 and 2011.
Justice B.B. Aliyu of the Abuja Federal High Court gave the order while delivering a ruling in a suit filed by Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP). LEDAP, a non-governmental organization, in 2011 wrote to the National Assembly management to provide it with the details of payments made to lawmakers.
LEDAP had invoked the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act which was signed into law in May that year but the National Assembly refused to respond to their request. Consequently, LEDAP went to court in September asking for an order declaration that the refusal of NASS management to provide the required information was illegal.
Business Day | 26th June 2012