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Freedom of Information round-up week ending 12th April 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 5th April 2013. By www.foidirectory.co.uk / @foidirectory

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Apr 12 2013 08:30:36

The Met have sacked six staff for abusing social media. 
Exclusive: Six sacked at Met Police for ‘offensive’ social media useSix members of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), including three serving officers, have been sacked for posting "offensive" and "int…
The BBC lose things: 
BBC staff have £750,000 worth of gadgets lost or stolen in three yearsBBC staff have lost 785 laptops, tablet computers and mobile phones in the past three years, a Freedom of Information request has reveale…
The phone hacking inquiry has cost a lot of money: 
‘Incredible’ £19.5m so far spent on operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta | PressGazetteFormer News of the World executive editor Neil Wallis has blasted the Metropolitan Police after it was revealed that it has spent an "inc…
Hundreds of dangerous criminals are on the run: 
Murderers, rapists and paedophiles among 400 wanted criminals on run in the UK for more than five years13 murderers, nine rapists and 17 people guilty of wounding at large More than 200 of the offenders are wanted by the Metropolitan Police…
Oxford councillors can look forward to retirement 
£1m forked out for councillor pensions£1m forked out for councillor pensions 10:00am Monday 8th April 2013 in News By Oliver Evans, covering Banbury. Call me on 01865 425271 C…
In Staffordshire 200 are warned of death threats 
200 people warned of dramatic murder plots by Staffordshire PolicePOLICE have been forced to warn more than 200 people of dramatic murder plots hatched against them across the region in the past three ye…
In the FOI blogging world this week: 
FOI Man has written on the cost exemption. 
" The Exemption Index: Section 12 – refusing on grounds of cost FOI ManSummary It’s the constant lament of some public authorities and critics of FOI. FOI costs money. It’s a drain on resources. Well, yes, bu…
Help Me Investigate have published a guide to using What do They Know
Making the most of WhatDoTheyKnow | Help Me Investigate HealthThe Independent recently got a great story from citizen FOI website whatdotheyknow.com about MPs running tabs in the bars at parliament. …
From me on the Department for Education’s poor FOI form. 
Department for Education reply to Freedom of Information request 181 days lateBy Matt Burgess on April 12, 2013 The Department of Education were 181 days late in replying to a Freedom of Information request last yea…

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