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The Day in FoIA: Shelter find landlord complaints increase | City of York Council ‘has no information’ on botched road repair | 2m Motorists drive ‘unwittingly’ without insurance

Landlord complaints increasing, says charity Shelter
Complaints about landlords in England have risen by more than a quarter in recent years, the charity Shelter says.
Freedom of information responses from 310 local authorities showed complaints rose by 27% between 2008/9 …

Local councils misusing RIPA law to spy on citizens

Councils Accused of Spying on Citizens

Powers designed to combat terrorism and serious are being used by local authorities to spy on their citizens, according to a report from campaign group Big Brother Watch.

Details obtained from 345 local authorities …

Cornwall care home complaints almost double in three years

Cornwall care home complaints almost double in three years

Complaints about the care of elderly people in Cornwall care homes have almost doubled in the last three years.

Figures in a Freedom of Information request revealed there were 109 safeguarding …

Local council staff paid through limited companies to avoid taxes

Council staff are being paid through limited companies in arrangements described as “tax avoidance” , The Daily Telegraph reports. A Freedom of Information request by the BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme revealed that nearly 100 highly paid positions …

FoIA survey shows rise in requests and drop in costs

An academic study published by the Constitution Unit at University College, London has concluded there was a 20 per cent increase of FoIA applications to English local authorities in 2010.

As the BBC’s Martin Rosenbaum also comments, the research …