Campaigns update: Freedom of Information and open government

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is urging the government not to proceed with proposals to make it easier for public authorities to refuse Freedom of Information requests on cost grounds.

In May 2013, the Campaign wrote a letter to the Justice Minister, Lord McNally,  setting out its concerns in detail and is asking people to write to their MP urging him or her to sign Early Day Motion 80 on the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Lord McNally responded on 5 June 2013.

The Government response to the Justice Committee’s First Report of the 2012-13 Session on its post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act was published on 12 December 2012.

On 29 October 2013, the Campaign wrote to the Prime Minister to coincide with the UK chairing the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in London.

Calls for open government:

On 8 October 201, the Open Government Partnership wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a commitment to greater openness.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office replied to the OGP letter on 1 November.