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

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Mar 22 2013 09:27:36

This story shows how little some local councillors/government knows about FOI. 
Councillors raise concerns over ‘expensive’ Freedom of Information requests – Community News – Boston StandardSenior councillors have raised concerns at having to answer too many requests for information. It was revealed during Boston Borough Coun…
The Information Commissioner’s budget is going to be drastically reduced by changes to the data protection act. 
ICO faces £43m budget shortfall if new EU data laws pass, MPs warn | Information AgeWatchdog could face a £42.8 million funding shortfall if the EU's proposed data protection reforms are carried out, justice com…
Cameron won’t extend FOI to private contractors using public money. 
David Cameron ‘not at all sure’ on extending Freedom of Information ActBy Matt Burgess on March 18, 2013 The Prime Minister has said he is "not at all sure" about extending the Freedom of Information Act to p…
Courts don’t collect all their fines.  
Sussex courts still owed £14m by criminalsSussex courts still owed £14m by criminals 12:40pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News By Ben James Sussex criminals owe the public purse n…
The Scottish NHS pay for patients to go private 
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…
Scottish ministers need to reply to FOI requests quicker. 
Ministers under fire after Sunday Herald FoI complaint is ‘mislaid’ | Herald ScotlandInformation Commissioner Rosemary Agnew criticised Scottish ministers for failing to respond to requests from journalists. One request fr…

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