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Freedom of Information round-up week ending 29th March 2013

A round-up of Freedom of Information stories in the media and developments to the FOI act in the United Kingdom from the week ending 29th March 2013. By www.foidirectory.co.uk / @foidirectory

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Mar 29 2013 07:09:38

The council bosses of London Boroughs earn more than £7m a year. 
The council chiefs on more than £200,000 in salary and perksMost council bosses in the capital received pay, perks and pensions of more than £200,000 each. The biggest earner was Derek Myers, who r…
The NHS in Scotland are spending a fair wedge on sending patients to private treatment
NHS Scotland spent £70m to send patients private | Herald ScotlandMassive variation in the amount paid by different health boards has been exposed by the data obtained using the Freedom of Information Ac…
Liverpool’s mayor has been criticised over his lunch expenses. 
‘JUNKET’ MAYOR IS BLASTED BY TORIESA CITY mayor has been attacked for allegedly wasting cash on civic lunches and junkets. Conservatives said money paid out by Liverpool Ma…
There’s money left on kids’ Oyster cards 
Over £600,000 left on Zip OystersIf your child gets free travel with Zip Oyster cards you may find some unclaimed cash on their travel pass. At the end of every school ye…
South Yorkshire Police should set up a Doncaster hospital branch. 
Police sent to Doncaster hospital 16 times a week – Local – The StarPOLICE are being sent to deal with incidents at Doncaster Royal Infirmary around 16 times a week according to Freedom of Information figu…
Twitter’s FOIkid has starting blogging, at long last! 
You know all those NHS files being archived today? Wonder of we’ll see them again… <a href="http://t.co/ZXINR0eXUT" class="">foikid.co.uk</a>FOI Kid
FOI Kid: Section 12 and Records ManagementSometimes I see a request and it looks massive. Often "can I please have all of the documents about x". The heart sinks. The answer is li…
An interesting post, by senior management at Nottingham University, discussing the amount of FOI requests they receive each year  
The Imperfect University: Free Information?"You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequ…

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