9 Stories We Would Never Have Uncovered If Universities Were Exempt From FOI

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

If Jo Johnson's recently unveiled university reforms go ahead as planned, higher education institutions will no longer be required to respond to Freed...

A Question of Incompetence

Robin Lustig | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Has there ever been a Cabinet minister more inept than Chris Grayling, the leader of the House of Commons? He is a man who can be utterly relied upon to get things wrong, a man whose lack of judgement and staggering incompetence defy belief.

Benefits Deaths - Calling for a Public Inquiry Should Be Top Priority for the Next Labour Leader

Joe Martin | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Martin

Last week the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was forced to release figures on the number of people who died shortly after being told they were...

These Early Days Have Shown a Recklessness From the Government When It Comes to Our Rights and Freedoms

Bella Sankey | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Bella Sankey

These early days show a recklessness from the Government when it comes to our rights and freedoms, systematically dismantling the tools which protect the ordinary and the vulnerable and re-writing the rule-book.

Cambridge Students Fined for Bedwetting

The Huffington Post UK | Anna Rhodes | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Cambridge University have been hit with more than £16,000 fines for theft, drunkenness, theft, drug taking and - bedwetting. The fine...

Former Minister Defends Decision To Withhold Prince's Letters

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Politics

Former justice minister Jack Straw has defended the controversial decision to block the release of correspondence between Prince Charles and ministers...

Government 'Ignored' Warning Over Falling Student Numbers

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The problem of falling student numbers, which could cost universities £1.3bn, was highlighted by Ucas a year ago but the government ignored warnings,...

Blair Blasted Over Freedom Of Information Stance

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics

Former prime minister Tony Blair has been criticised for failing to cooperate with a report into the Freedom of Information Act. Sir Alan Beith, ch...

Attorney General Backs Lansley Risk Register Veto

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's decision to veto the publication of a report into the risks of NHS reforms is "permissible" and "not extraordinary" ...

Ministers Face Grilling Over Attempts To Curb FOI Laws

PA | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics

Ministers face a grilling from MPs today over claims they are planning to downgrade Freedom of Information laws. Cabinet Office minister Francis Ma...

Jack Straw: FOI Law Should Be Changed To Protect Government Secrets

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Politics

The former Labour Minister who introduced the Freedom of Information Act told MPs it should be rewritten to protect secrecy in government decision-mak...

FOIs 'Fur Up' Government Arteries, Says PM

PA | Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron expressed frustration with the Freedom of Information Act today, saying it "furs up" the government and does not provide the public with...

Gove's Emails Subject To FOI Laws, Rules Commissioner

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Department for Education's private emails are subject to Freedom of Information laws and Whitehall will have to disclose the information, it has b...

Michael Gove Defends Office In Private Emails Row

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 16.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Education Secretary Michael Gove has insisted his officials had acted with the "highest standards of propriety" following claims government business w...

Are You Prepared For A Zombie, Alien Or Napoleon Invasion? How Councils Spent £31m Answering Ridiculous Questions

PA | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Politics

Council officials making preparations for a crash landing by Santa's present-laden sleigh this weekend could have to reveal their plans publicly. C...

Labour Table Questions In Attempt To Expose Gove Private Email Scandal

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

In a bid to ascertain the full extent of the use of private email accounts for official business between Michael Gove and officials at the Department ...

Stressed Teachers Take 60,000 Days Off In One Year, Conservatives Say

PA | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers' stress leave increased by at least 14 per cent in Wales over the last two years, new research claims. Figures obtained by the Welsh Conse...

Political Politics

Fiona Melville | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Politics
Fiona Melville

Last week, Chris Cook in the FT revealed that some Department for Education Special Advisers were using personal email accounts to organise various bi...

SureStart Centres 'Have Not Shut'

Press Association | Press Association | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The Department for Education (DfE) has been accused by councils of issuing misleading information about SureStart centre closures...