Submission to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information
We strongly oppose the introduction of application fees for Freedom of Information requests. Evidence shows that fees will deter people from seeking information. The ability of individuals and groups to effectively scrutinise public bodies, and engage with them constructively from an informed position, is a key part of a functioning democracy.
While effective Freedom of Information laws are essential for our democratic system to function, we advise that it is best accompanied by more routine proactive publication of information held by public bodies. This would efficiently aid the Government in their aims of openness and accountability.
We are disappointed that the public sector’s response to the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act has been more focused on creating a bureaucracy around dealing with requests rather than on changing the culture of the public sector towards operating in a more open and transparent manner.
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(2015). Submission to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. [online] mySociety Research. Available at: https://research.mysociety.org/publications/submission-independent-commission-freedom-informat [Accessed 13 May 2021].