UK: Freedom of Information changes scrapped

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"The government has stepped back from proposals to amend the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, after the commission set up to examine FOI found that it is “working well.”

In its report, published today, the cross-party Commission on Freedom of Information found that there is “no evidence” in favour of changing the Act substantially. In some areas, the commission said, “the right of access should be increased.” In a written statement published today, the government said that it agreed with several of the commission’s key recommendations, and that it would “carefully consider” others."

See the article: Freedom of Information changes scrapped (Reprieve, link)

Also see: Independent Commission on Freedom of Information: Report (pdf): and the government's written statement to Parliament: Open and transparent government (pdf): "The Commission makes 21 specific recommendations. It notes that whilst some of its recommendations require legislation, other improvements can be made without legislative change. The government’s views on some of the most salient recommendations are as follows.."

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