Changes to Freedom of Information Act
The government is proposing four key changes to the Freedom of Information Act:
Authorities can currently refuse FOI requests if the estimated cost of finding and extracting the information exceeds certain limits. The government wants to allow them to also count the time they spend considering a request.
Lowering the cost limits themselves (These are currently £600 for government departments and £450 for other authorities).
Charges could be made for appealing to the Information Rights Tribunal.
Authorities would be allowed to refuse unrelated requests from the same individual or organisation if their combined effect is too time consuming. T
Three of their core proposals would make it easier for authorities to refuse all Freedom of Information Act claims, while the fourth has already been dealt with by new guidelines from the Information Commissioner.
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