Tag Archives: FOI

Information Commissioner encourages disclosure of fire safety information in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

By Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. In the wake of tragedies like the Grenfell Tower fire, public bodies are forced to look at all aspects of their roles and responsibilities. They take a critical look at how they do things and … Continue reading

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International Right to Know Day 2016 – Four ways the ICO is helping promote openness by public bodies

By Steve Wood, Interim Deputy Commissioner. International Right to Know Day is an annual occasion designed to promote freedom of information worldwide. In 2016, 250 years since the launch of the world’s first Freedom of Information law in Sweden, the … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court’s judgment on Prince Charles’ letters – seven questions and answers

By Graham Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Freedom of Information. Update, 13 May 2015: The Cabinet Office has now published Prince of Wales correspondence with government departments on its website. The Supreme Court today issued its ruling in a … Continue reading

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FOIA: an update on our definition documents and template guides for publication schemes

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery. When most people think of freedom of information, they probably think of the right to request information about public bodies. While this is an important tool for transparency, it isn’t the only requirement … Continue reading

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Ensuring transparency isn’t the cost of outsourcing

By Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery.  As talk of austerity continues to echo through the corridors of the public sector, the value of cost savings grows ever-more attractive. And if a CBI report is to be believed, there’s £22.6bn … Continue reading

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