Freedom of Information Act

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.

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.

We Didn't Start the FOIA: Freedom of Information Requests in the Final Quarter of the Coalition

Joe Randall | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Randall

Between January and March (Q1) 2015, monitored government bodies received almost 13,000 freedom of information requests - among the highest levels sin...

Michael Gove's Latest Crackdown On Government Transparency Blasted By Critics

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove's latest attempts to overhaul government scrutiny laws have been blasted by pro-transparency campaigners for being "a starting point to t...

Ceryl Yemm's Murder B&B Was Also Sent Killers And Paedophiles By The Council

PA | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

The owner of a B&B where a woman was brutally murdered has spoken of her shock at discovering former residents included killers, sex offenders and pae...

The Charity Sector Should Not Be Afraid of Being Transparent and Open

John Tizard | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Rather than wait for a future government to impose new requirements the sector should develop its own transparency standards and promote their adoption by all charities.The principle should be that charities believe in transparency and will adopt exemplar practice.

Britains Cruellest Secret

Jan Creamer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jan Creamer

If the public were able to properly assess the cost to animals against the potential benefits, it is difficult to imagine how some animal experiments would pass public & scientific scrutiny...

Can Private Sector Methods Work in the Public Sector?

Deep Sagar | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Deep Sagar

The non-lazy and inconvenient answer for the public sector is to learn from the private-sector that approval of just two people matters - customers and shareholders. For that to happen sustainably clear targets to make customers satisfied so that either they come back again or recommend to others is crucial.

Expenses Revolt

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Politics

In the aftermath of the MPs’ expenses scandal, few politicians were brave enough to question the need for a change. But now they are increasingly...

Why Sending Messages to David Cameron Is Less Effective than Writing to Santa

Will Black | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Mr Cameron's @Number10gov Twitter account follows more than 372,000 people. This means that each of those people is allowed to send him direct messages. To follow that many people and have their messages destroyed unopened seems rude, to say the least.

Why the Animal Testing Licensing System Is Not Working

Michelle Thew | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK
Michelle Thew

The tragic situation for the animals at Imperial College also shows the need for more transparency, with publication of full project licences (with names and confidential information removed) instead of sanitised PR summaries.

Will Researchers Agree to More Transparency in Animal Experiments?

Michelle Thew | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Michelle Thew

Chris Magee writes in the Huffington Post "We all agree" that the European ban on animal testing for cosmetics is "fantastic news" that has been "a long time coming", but that the research community parts company with animal protection campaigns that seek to end animal testing for veterinary and medical uses.

Freedom of Information Laws Need to be Defended From Scaremongering of Their Costs

Matt Burgess | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Politics
Matt Burgess

The FOI laws we have are precious, they need to be protected and upheld for the state of this country's democratic wellbeing. They help every person in the country to hold public organisations and officials to account for their actions.

'We Missed The Opportunity To Catch Savile'

PA | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

The "best opportunity" to catch Jimmy Savile over abuse claims was missed by police who decided not to interview the former headteacher of a children'...

Savile Abuse Allegations 'Could Have Been Linked To Show Pattern'

PA | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

Abuse allegations made against Jimmy Savile while he was alive could have been linked to show "a pattern of behaviour", Scotland Yard's commissioner s...

'We Will Not Cover Our Backs'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

The chairman of the BBC Trust has said the BBC will face the music if wrongdoing was discovered at the corporation, as the inquiry into the "culture" ...

BBC Should Be Less Secretive In Wake Of Savile Scandal, Says Pickles

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK

The BBC needs to be far less secretive in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today. Mr Pickles said ...

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" ...

Information Commissioner's Concern Over Risk Register Veto

The Huffington Post UK | HuffPost UK Staff | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Information Commissioner has warned that heath secretary Andrew Lansley's repeated refusal to publish the NHS Risk Register "marks a significant s...

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...

Which Books Have MPs Made You Buy Them?

Stuart Bonar | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

One of the perks of being an MP is access to a wonderful private library - the House of Commons Library. I know that MPs can ask for the Library to buy books they are interested in reading. So, curious to know which books MPs have been asking us, as taxpayers, to buy for them, I lodged a Freedom of Information Act request.

Steve Jobs FBI File: "His Moral Character Is Suspect"

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Tech

A bomb threat, his former life on a commune with an LSD freak and a tendency to distort reality are just some of the details to emerge from Steve Jobs...

Full List Of Convictions By Force

PA | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK

This is a breakdown of how many serving police officers and community support officers with criminal convictions there are in each force in England an...

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...