Freedom of Information

By Dominic Ponsford 26 January 9:36
Former attorney general Dominic Grieve yesterday called for the ministerial veto to be strengthened whilst giving evidence to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.
By William Turvill and Press Association 25 January 14:15
Former justice secretary Jack Straw also suggested that another way to ensure a "level playing field" would be extending the FoI Act to private firms competing with the public sector.
By William Turvill 20 January 17:42
Appearing before the Independent Commission of Freedom of Information, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) reserved particular criticism for requests asking about forces' use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to identify journalists' sources.
By Press Association 18 January 9:30
Ministers are to be urged to strengthen Freedom of Information laws and extend them to charities, private companies and the Royal household.
By Dominic Ponsford 14 January 15:59
The news industry has hit back at a bid by UK universities to exempt themselves from scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 13 January 9:27
There are more than 750 'editors' and 250 'managers' in BBC News, according to a Freedom of Information response from the corporation.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 January 16:47
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged his support for the Freedom of Information Act at a lunch hosted by the News Media Association today.
By Dominic Ponsford 07 January 10:19
The Government is considering strengthening the ministerial veto on Freedom of Information disclosures but dropping other proposed changes to the act, according to a report in The Times.
By William Turvill 23 December 11:25
The Government's Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is turning into a "Christmas pantomime", Labour's deputy leader has said.
By William Turvill 23 December 9:26
"Senior Whitehall sources" have told The Independent Sir Jeremy Heywood is opposed to introducing FoI fees and reducing limits on the amount of time spent answering questions.
By William Turvill 22 December 8:41
The minister in charge of Freedom of Information is reportedly opposed to weakening the act.
By William Turvill 21 December 11:19
The council made the statement in response to the Government's Independent Commission of Freedom of Information, which is considering whether to impose FoI fees and provide greater protection to public authorities.
By PA Mediapoint 18 December 12:16
A Labour government would give citizens access to policy-making processes "at every level", deputy leader Tom Watson has promised, as he accused David Cameron of trying to avoid public scrutiny and "govern from the shadows".
By William Turvill and Press Association 15 December 9:14
Speaking before an independent cross-party review of FoI chaired by Labour deputy leader Tom Watson, he told how the act "tops the balance towards openness" in the Civil Service.
By William Turvill 14 December 12:02
The Government is reported to be getting "cold feet" over plans to weaken the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 14 December 8:54
The former head of the Civil Service has backed the Freedom of Information Act in its current form and said: “We need more open government, not less.”
By Bella Sankey 10 December 14:37
Back in May, with the dust barely settled on general election ballot boxes, the Government briefed it would scrap the Human Rights Act during the Government’s first 100 days in power.
By Dominic Ponsford 10 December 12:02
There are times as editor of Press Gazette when I feel like ‘Chicken Licken’, the children’s story character who always felt like the sky was falling in.
By William Turvill 10 December 9:27
The Daily Mail has today devoted four pages of coverage to the Freedom of Information Act, condemning public sector attempts to weaken it.
By Dominic Ponsford 09 December 9:18
Charities, trade unions and human rights groups have joined forces with journalists to urge the Government not to weaken the Freedom of Information Act.

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