Freedom of Information Code of Practice Consultation

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The Government is consulting (link below) on various revisions to the Code of Practice for public authorities on their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the “Act“). The revisions, which are intended to reflect developments in good practice, include the following:

  • additional guidance on fundamental principles, such as how to define “information” and “held” under the Act;
  • a requirement for greater transparency about public authorities’ compliance with the Act,  which will compel public authorities to publish quarterly and annual compliance statistics;
  • a requirement for the publication of senior officials’ pay and benefits to increase the information about senior executive remuneration that is accessible to the public;
  • greater clarity on when and how vexatious and repeated requests for information can be refused; and
  • the merging of all Act guidance into a single Code of Practice.

All responses to the consultation should be submitted by no later than 5pm on 2 February 2017.

 

Revised Draft Code of Practice: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/659606/FOI_Code_of_Practice_-_Draft.pdf
Consultation Paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/659607/FOI_Code_of_Practice_Consultation_Document.pdf

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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