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British government abandons FOIA charges plan

Posted by James Hammerton @ 10:16 pm on 19 November, 2007.
Categories British politics, accountability, freedom of information.
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NB: This was mentioned in Gordon Brown’s speech “on liberty”, but I felt it deserved separate mention from my coverage of that speech.

The Register reported recently that the government has decided to back down on a proposal to revise the way charges are computed for freedom of information requests:

The UK Government has dropped controversial proposals that critics said would have neutered the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Changes to the charging structure that would have allowed bodies to refuse more requests will not now go ahead.

The move comes amid significant opposition from pressure groups and media companies, who say the changes would have hindered access to information about the activities of public bodies. Of the 324 people or organisations who responded to the Government’s consultation on the plan, 73 per cent objected to it, the Ministry of Justice said

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