Headlines from the world of Freedom of Information for the week ending 21st December 2012

Freedom of Information headlines from the last week (ending 21st December 2012)

A selection of the top stories about and relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the United Kingdom from the week ending 21 December 2012.

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Dec 21 2012 09:04:38

Today the Information Commissioner’s Office announced it would be monitoring four authorities during the first four months of next year for their failure in replying to FOI responses on time.  
The ICO will monitor the Department for Education, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) in Northern Ireland and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council between 1 January 2013 and 31 March 2013.

Looking at the list of authorities it has selected it isn’t a surprise they will be monitored as their performance during recent months has been very poor. Especially the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland. 

ICO announces latest list of authorities for FOI monitoringIn this section News release: 21 December 2012 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that four public authorities wil…
Here is some analysis of the data released by the Ministry of Justice on the performance of central government bodies through the third quarter of 2012. It includes the DWP and also the DfE
Nineteen central government authorities improve FOI requests responded to ‘on time’: Q3, 2012 compared to 2010On time responses to Freedom of Information requests by 19 central government authorities have improved over the last two years, new figu…
A local councillor is set to complain to the Information Commissioner about a FOI response from his own council. 
He said the council lied in its response, called them ‘secretive’ and ‘misleading’, which are all very bold claims to make over a response to a request.  
Extraordinary row engulfs council’s ‘misleading’ claims over video costsExtraordinary row engulfs council’s ‘misleading’ claims over video costs 4:03pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 in News Exclusive By Leigh Mar…
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire has faced calls to resign from the role over his previous expenses, which were uncovered by FOI. 
Requests found when he was working for the former Police Authority he claimed for travel expenses to some meetings from the Authority as well as the local council. 
Police expenses row ‘referred to watchdog’ – Local – Lancashire Evening PostConcerns surrounding "anomalies" within the expenses of Lancashire’s newly elected police commissioner are understood to have been referr…
The Campaign for Freedom of Information this week released their response to the Government’s scrutiny of the Act. 
The said proposed changes would make accessing information for the first time harder and also make accessing complicated information difficult if “thinking time” was included in the time limits of the act. 
UK Freedom of Information Blog: Government’s FOI reforms would block difficult requestsGovernment plans to amend the Freedom of Information Act would make it harder for requesters to obtain answers to new, complex or content…
Finally, as these will be the last FOI headlines before Christmas, I have to include @FOIMan’s fantastic FOI Advent calendar, listing some of the best sources for FOI in the United Kingdom and highlighting some of the important events from this year.  
" FOI Advent Calendar FOI ManEvery day between 1 December and 24 December this year FOI Man will Tweet a Freedom of Information treat. All these goodies will be liste…

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