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Parliament to debate new transparency laws which seek to end institutional cover-ups

This Friday will see the second reading of the Transparency and Accountability Bill which, amongst other things, aims to increase government accountability relating to child care proceedings.

Currently, family courts are largely regarded as private affairs, making it very difficult …

Home Office to investigate police snooping of journalists

A parliamentary select committee has requested a breakdown of all UK police forces use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to snoop on journalists.

The Act, which requires telecoms companies to surrender phone records without the customer’s consent …

MPs Shamed on Low Pay: 1 in 3 don’t give their staff Living Wage

MPs Shamed on Low Pay: 1 in 3 don’t give their staff Living Wage

ALMOST one in three MPs are paying staff less than the Living Wage – despite their party leaders calling for the cost of living pay rate …

The day in FOIA: asbestos in schools, security breaches of Army base, P.E. lessons, abused animals and ineffective courts

Asbestos found in 75% of council-run Devon schools

Asbestos is present in about 75% of council-run schools in Devon, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

Some people want it completely removed, but a government expert …

£750,000 spent on creche for MPs, FoIA shows

A freedom of information request has revealed almost £750,000 has been spent maintaining a Parliamentary creche that is used by only 15 children, the Daily Mail reports.

The costs include £557,322 opening the facility in 2010 and £9,540 in furniture …

MPs spend more than £350,000 on staff settlements

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that MPs have spent more than £350,000 of taxpayers’ money on employee-related tribunals, redundancies and severance pays over the last five years.

The Daily Mirror reports the costs are only “the …