The “Independent Commission on Freedom of Information”, established by the Government on 17 July 2015 to review the Freedom of Information Act, has published its findings and recommendations.  The Commission held a call for evidence, which received over 30,000 submissions, …

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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has published its report on the FOI Act. The five-member commission has recommended 21 different areas of the Act that should change following its review of 30,000 evidence submissions and two oral evidence …

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On 5th November 2015, the steering group of the Open Government Civil Society Network met with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock MP, to discuss progress on open government in the UK. Please see a note from the meeting …

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Over 100 civil society organisations, ranging from national NGOs, to local community groups, and open government campaigners, to health, environment and transport charities, have signed the UK’s Open Government Network’s evidence to the FOI Commission, stating their support for a strong …

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  stable Politicians go off being open quite easily. Tony Blair went from being a champion of transparency in 1997 to calling himself a “nincompoop” for passing a Freedom of Information Act in 2010. Barack Obama was the “Transparency President” …

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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information was announced exactly one month ago yesterday, but no more information has been given out about its work. Fortunately, now that 20 working days have passed, some information about the review might start …

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