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#1003239 - 1st Mar 2016 4:43pm Freedom of Information charges ruled out
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Freedom of Information charges ruled out.
Freedom of Information requests - used by campaigners and journalists to ask questions of public bodies - are to remain free of charge, a minister says.
Following a review of the law, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the FoI Act was "working well".
The FoI Commission was asked to examine it amid concerns within government that "sensitive information" was being inadequately protected.
Its report said FoI had helped "change the culture of the public sector".
Mr Hancock said there would be no wholesale changes to the FoI Act.
"After 10 years, we took the decision to review the Freedom of Information Act and we have found it is working well," he said.
"We will not make any legal changes to FoI. We will spread transparency throughout public services, making sure all public bodies routinely publish details of senior pay and perks.
"After all, taxpayers should know if their money is funding a company car or a big pay-off."
The government has chosen not to legislate to shore up ministers' powers to veto the release of information.

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And rightly so, it should always be free.
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#1003254 - 1st Mar 2016 7:17pm Re: Freedom of Information charges ruled out [Re: Mark]
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#1003293 - 1st Mar 2016 9:43pm Re: Freedom of Information charges ruled out [Re: Mark]
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#1003333 - 2nd Mar 2016 10:03am Re: Freedom of Information charges ruled out [Re: Mark]
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While its good they've not made any changes, its a shame they didn't do anything to crack down on private companies misusing the FOI scheme to hawk their wares.

This is an old link, relating to hospitals, but I know it also happens in schools:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/aug/23/hospitals.health

This one in 2014 about schools:

http://www.edugeek.net/forums/general-chat/132014-foi-request-about-my-printers.html

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