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Freedom of information—understanding your obligations

Freedom of information—understanding your obligations
Published on: 06 February 2015
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Freedom of information—understanding your obligations
  • What obligations are government departments under when they receive a freedom of information request?
  • What constitutes information that is ‘easy to find’ for the purposes of FIA 2000?
  • What are the challenges facing government departments when assessing whether the information is already available and how much work it would require to collate the information?
  • Should departments provide regular training on how to deal with freedom of information requests?
  • What are the risks if a government department is found to have improperly replied to a freedom of information request or to have misused the restrictions of FIA 2000?
  • Any final observations?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: Are government departments doing enough to fulfil freedom of information requests? Sue Cullen, solicitor and director of Amberhawk Training Limited, assesses Newsnight’s report that some government departments are not fulfilling their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000). or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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