- Updating the FOI code of practice—examining the government consultation
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- Briefly, what is the background to this consultation?
- What is the purpose of the consultation and what (in summary) are the government’s proposals?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current code of practice?
- What areas do the new guidance update/expand upon?
- What are the likely practical effects going to be for public authorities if the government goes ahead with the proposals?
- Is there anything in the proposals that is unclear, or could have unintended consequences for authorities?
- What should lawyers advising public sector organisations take note of?
- What are the trends in government transparency and are the proposals in line with these trends? What are your predictions for the future of this policy area?
- What are the timescales? What happens next?
Public Law analysis: Discussing the government consultation on an updated freedom of information (FOI) code of practice, James McGachie, a legal director in the data privacy team at DLA Piper, says the proposed developments continue the trend towards proactive transparency and open government.
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