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Posts Tagged ‘Freedom of Information Act’

Weekly News Round-Up: Outsourcing deals, the Olympics and motoring offences

MPs seek to lift the veil on terms of Government outsourcing deals

A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing

Weekly News Round-Up: Open data, Owen Paterson and openness

Information Commissioner: ‘Open data is no substitute for freedom of information’

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that the open data movement in the UK could lead to ‘open data’ becoming a substitute for ‘freedom of information’.

Speaking at the

Weekly News Round-up: Secrecy, shortages and staff wages

Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files in secret archive

The Foreign Office has unlawfully hoarded more than a million files of historic documents that should have been declassified and handed over to the National Archives, the Guardian has discovered.

The …

Freedom of Information (Private Healthcare Companies) Bill to get second reading

There seems to be a renewed enthusiasm for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to extend to the private sector. On the Daily Politics programme last week, Labour councillor Theo Blackwell made his case for the extension, claiming that “a

Weekly News Round-Up: Ministry of Defence, drones and drink-driving

MoD study sets out how to sell wars to the public

The armed forces should seek to make British involvement in future wars more palatable to the public by reducing the public profile of repatriation ceremonies for casualties, according to …

Weekly News Round-Up: Parliament, personal information and zero-hours contracts

Parliamentary attempts to access online pornography revealed by FoI request

Nearly 300,000 “attempts to access websites categorised as “pornography” were made from computers within parliament in the past year, official records show.

The figure, which averages more than 800 per …

Weekly News Round-Up: B&Bs, hotels and student accommodation

Councils illegally housing teenagers in B&Bs

Over 100 local authorities in England illegally placed homeless children in bed and breakfast hotels last year, BBC Newsnight has discovered.

Statutory government guidance makes clear that 16 and 17 year olds should not …

Top Tip: A data state of mind

Every week, Request Initiative will share its top tips for submitting a Freedom of Information request. This week: how to go about asking for entire datasets.

The Freedom of Information Act is a way for you to put questions …

Taxpayers billed £73,000 to ‘coach’ the man with no shame and two colleagues ahead of grilling by MPs over NHS IT system disaster

Taxpayers billed £73,000 to ‘coach’ the man with no shame and two colleagues ahead of grilling by MPs over NHS IT system disaster

TAXPAYERS were billed more than £73,000 for consultants to help prepare beleaguered NHS chief Sir David Nicholson …

National police unit monitors 9,000 ‘domestic extremists’

National police unit monitors 9,000 ‘domestic extremists’

A national police unit that uses undercover officers to spy on political groups is currently monitoring almost 9,000 people it has deemed “domestic extremists”.

The National Domestic Extremism Unit is using surveillance techniques

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