FoI funding could be cut

The Information Commissioner’s Office has been warned to prepare for a possible cut in funding, which could directly affect Freedom of Information.

The Freedom of Information blog reports that in minutes of a meeting held at the ICO office last month it states that funding across the public sector will be tight next year, and the ICO needs to plan for possible reductions in grant in aid, ‘despite our understanding that the £.5 million paid this year was a baseline figure”.

Press Gazette reported in January that the existing backlog of Freedom of Information appeals to the Information Commissioner’s Office was so long it would take until March 2010 to clear.

Surely a reduction in funding would lead to a further increase in the backlog?

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