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Freedom of Information round-up week ending 5th 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 05 2013 09:04:28

Councils pay £14m to silence staff.
£14m bill for gagging axed public officials – TelegraphLocal authorities have signed 4,562 compromise agreements with former staff, according to figures released under freedom of information l…
They also pay £200m to make staff redundant. 
£200m bill for making council staff redundantMore than 10,000 workers have received exit packages although experts claim the total number who have lost their jobs is likely to be as …
One even invests in things it says people shouldn’t do. 
Council invests in tobacco firms while promoting anti-smokingCouncil invests in tobacco firms while promoting anti-smoking 6:00pm Wednesday 3rd April 2013 in News Merton Council is spending £163,000…
While the police can be suspended, quit and still get their pension. 
How 1,800 suspended police keep their pensions – TelegraphThe figure is equivalent to the entire manpower of a medium-size police force like Derbyshire, and the true total nationwide will be far …
They also abuse their database. 
19 Derbyshire police workers caught abusing force filesNINETEEN members of staff at Derbyshire police have breached data protection rules in the last three years by accessing information they …
In Scotland they don’t answer FOIs. 
Edinburgh Council ruled to have breached freedom of information – Politics – Scotsman.comCity of Edinburgh Council has been heavily criticised for its lack of disclosure of information about a statutory repair scheme. The coun…
Nor in Havering. They also don’t know how long they take to answer them. 
Havering Council is six weeks late responding to ‘late FOI requests’ FOI requestHavering Council said the delay was ‘unacceptable’ Ramzy Alwakeel, Reporter Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 PM Havering Council is unable t…
The Information Commissioner’s monthly newsletter is also out. 
That’s it. 

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.