On fees for FoI requests

The public should be charged a fee for government documents released under freedom of information laws, according to a Ministry of Justice report.

We already do.

It\’s called \”tax\”.

8 thoughts on “On fees for FoI requests”

  1. Indeed, it is probable that the trivial ones are not the ones that bother TPTB, but rather the embarrassing ones.

  2. I couldn’t find the document The Telegraph is talking about (why oh why don’t MSM articles link to their source materials?) but this collation of evidence submitted to the Justice Committee may be of interest:

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmjust/writev/foi/foi.pdf

    Frivolous requests are not helpful. But would a fee improve the system? And would public sector staff abide by statutory deadlines, stop forcing people to jump through hoops, and be less ‘sensitive’ about members of the public asking questions?

  3. @ChrisM – CRY should be the custodians of all official data. They would find embarrassingly inept ways of losing it, I am sure.

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