Freedom of Information

By Dominic Ponsford 24 May 7:59
Proposals to privatise the UK Land Registry are a threat to investigative journalism, according to trade body the News Media Association. The Government is currently consulting on plans to sell off the body which could see it be removed from Freedom of Information and give it no incentive to share its huge datasets on land values and ownership.
By Dominic Ponsford 22 March 10:37
The Bolton News finally got its man today naming a councillor who failed to pay his council tax after fighting a three-year Freedom of Informaton battle.
By Hardeep Singh 21 March 15:53
A debate on the future of the Freedom of Information Act was told "use it or lose it”.
By Dominic Ponsford 01 March 8:42
There will be no legal changes to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act after a review of the legislation found it was "working well", the Government has announced.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 February 7:57

Essex-based weekly newsper tbe Yellow Advertiser has won a 19-month battle to secure the release of documents detailing 60 complaints made against Essex coroners service.

By William Turvill 17 February 8:40
The BBC has failed to answer a Press Gazette Freedom of Information request asking about the rehiring of staff who have received redundancy payments from the corporation.
By William Turvill 08 February 9:35
Some 60 per cent of 1,735 British adults surveyed by Yougov said they supported the idea, including 31 per cent who said they had "strong" support for it.
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".