Freedom of Information

Letters That Could 'Damage' Prince Charles' Kingship Set To Be Public

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK

Letters from Prince Charles to government ministers are set to be released, after a nearly decade-long battle to stop the heir to the throne's "most d...

Should We Be Seeing Fewer Disturbing Images of Conflict?

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Ben Greenhalgh

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to untangle the motivation behind the broadcasting and sharing of such extreme violence. Is it to shake us free from western complacency? Or, is it simply to be the first to have something to say at the local bar among the Facebook-ers and Tweeters championing fashionable global concerns?

IDS Fails on Freedom of Information - As He Did With Us in 2013

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), bane of the lives of unemployed people, has refused a legitimate request for information from a BBC reporter.

Many Happy Returns Freedom of Information

Sadiq Khan | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

It is a decade since the Labour Government's Freedom of Information Act came into force... Having been a minister myself, I'll admit that freedom of information can be a nuisance. Just as the constant threat of being judicially reviewed is a thorn in the side of ministers. But that's precisely the point, and I'd never want to clamp down on either.

Security, Privacy and Freedom - Let's Tell the Enemy Everything

Dr. Peter Cochrane | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. Peter Cochrane

A steady stream of revelations by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden seems to have sensitised the media, twitterati and conference goers globally to the 'the privacy issue'.

81 BBC Staff Face Sex Allegations In Wake Of Savile Scandal

PA | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Sexual allegations about 81 BBC staff have been reported since the Jimmy Savile scandal came to light - with almost half still working for the corpora...

Staggering Number Of Doctors And Surgeons Have Criminal Records

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK

Nearly 1,000 doctors and surgeons have criminal records including child porn and sexual assault offences, it was reported on Friday. Some 927 physi...

Former UK Ambassador to Washington Sir David Manning Held Official Talks With Lockheed Martin, Later Took Paid Role With the Multinational Arms Manufacturer

Heydon Prowse | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Politics
Heydon Prowse

It seems strange that a public body whose job it is to instill public trust in crown servants demonstrates such a lack of transparency.

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...

Why I'm Trying to Start a National Conversation - About Politics

David S. Taylor | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Politics
David S. Taylor

We don't believe Westminster politics is broken beyond repair. We are pro-politics and pro-people. We believe we can help mend the gap between parliament and the country. And we believe the National Conversation is the way to do it.

Ned Simons

Ministers Accused Of 'Royal Cover-Up' After Publication Of Prince Charles' Letters Vetoed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2012 | UK Politics

The government has been accused of orchestrating a "royal cover-up" after it vetoed the publication of letters sent to ministers by Prince Charles. ...

Internet Governance: Preserve Freedom, Ensure Development!

Paulo Casaca | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

The internet has been a tremendously effective tool for freedom and development, but that could now unravel should proposals tabled for WCIT come to fruition.

Why Doesn't David Cameron Set Up a Leveson Inquiry for Hillsborough?

Neil Wallis | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Politics
Neil Wallis

Why isn't Lord Justice Leveson holding a Public Inquiry into Hillsborough? After all, it involves the press, the police, a blatant cover-up lasting years, politicians and the establishment actively assisting that cover-up, judges going along with the concealment of the truth, taxpayer funded public services lying, distorting and doctoring evidence...

Time for Alex Salmond and the SNP to Come Clean on EU Legal Advice

Sophie Rodger | Posted 27.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sophie Rodger

'Your Scotland, Your Future', he tells us. Then come clean: have you received legal advice that undermines your understanding of an independent Scotland's status in the EU, or have you not even bothered to find out?

County Police Unable To Investigate 40% Of Crime Due To Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.08.2012 | UK

Criminal damage, thefts from cars and burglaries were not investigated by police after cuts to a force's budget, it has been reported. Devon and Co...

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...

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...

Scandal Of NHS Patients Discharged Alone At Midnight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A 94-year-old man discharged alone at 1am and an 80-year-old man sent home wearing just pyjamas, who died several hours later, are two examples of wor...

Paedophiles And Drug Dealers Applying For Teacher Jobs

PA | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Paedophiles, violent thugs and drug dealers were among more than 4,000 offenders who applied to become teachers last year despite having almost 10,000...

Sex Offenders 'At Large'

PA | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK

Nearly 850 registered sex offenders are at large, with nearly 700 of them missing for more than a year, it has been reported. One has been off the ...

Gove's Under Further Fire As Staff Accused Of 'Repeatedly Destroying' Government Emails

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2012 | UK Politics

Department for Education staff repeatedly destroyed official government correspondence, it has been reported. According to the Financial Times (FT)...

Tom Watson On How To Shed The "Perry Mason" Look

PA | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK Politics

Lawyers should be able to put questions to some witnesses appearing before Commons committees to help stop MPs probing issues such as phone hacking lo...

Overdue Library Book? That'll Be £50m, Please

PA | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Universities have raised nearly £50 million from fining students for overdue library books, figures have revealed. Top of the pile was Leeds Unive...

Tighten Up FOI So Cabinet Ministers Can Talk Freely, Says Mandarin

PA | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics

Freedom of information laws should be amended so Cabinet ministers can have "real discussions" without worrying that arguments will be made public, th...

What Impact Has FoI Had on Local Democracy?

Dr Jonathan Carr-West | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Yesterday the Constitution Unit at UCL published a fascinating report, Town Hall Transparencyhttp://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/foi/foi-and-local-government/town-hall-transparency.pdf, assessing the impact that Freedom of Information has had on local democracy and government in England.