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Freedom of Information headlines/round-up week ending 22nd February 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 22nd February 2013. By www.foidirectory.co.uk / @foidirectory

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Feb 22 2013 09:20:39

Michael Gove has had (another) tough week at the hands of Freedom of Information. He has clashed with the Information Commissioner over releasing free schools information and said a complaining letter to him. The reply he received was brilliant.   
Michael Gove in clash over free schoolsThe information commissioner Christopher Graham and Michael Gove have clashed over the public’s right to know the names, places and relig…
Here’s Gove’s letter. 
Michael Gove letter on free schools FOI.their association with a Free School application. One proposer has even told us that they have been the subject is because we wanted to p…
The Information Commissioner may have won that round but Tim sums it up perfectly. 
@FoIManUK @foidirectory I think an Enforcement Notice would put him in his place more effectivelyTim Turner
The Campaign for Freedom of Information held its briefing into what can be done to stop the Government from restricting the Act. 
Saving Freedom of Information from Government restrictions: Petition, lobbying MPs, and more to protect actfoi, freedom of information, maurice frankel, campaign for freedom of information, save foi, london, brieifing, proposals, changes, restr…
@FOIManUK blogged on how the Government doesn’t need to introduce restrictions due to recent rulings over vexatious requests. 
" Could Wikeley make FOI changes less likely? FOI ManRecent rulings by the Information Tribunal relating to vexatious requests could be a better answer to Government concerns over FOI than c…
A traveller family who were found guilty of forced labour received £500,000 in legal aid. 
Forced labour family’s £500k aidA family of travellers who were found guilty of forced labour were given nearly £500,000 in legal support. Five members of the Connors fa…
Former Minister says the Scottish Government treat Freedom of Information “as a game” 
We will all lose if papers are wrapped up in chainsBy Dailyrecord.co.uk FORMER Labour minister BRIAN WILSON says plans to clamp down on the errant press creates a climate in which the line…
Rail bosses earning more than £100,000 revealed 
‘Fat Cat’ rail bosses’ six-figure salaries revealed by FOI requests – TelegraphThe East Coast information supplied showed that one director – almost certainly managing director Karen Boswell – was on a salary of betw…

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.