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Freedom of Information round-up week ending 26th 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 26th April 2013. By www.foidirectory.co.uk / @foidirectory

Storified by FOI Directory· Fri, Apr 26 2013 07:21:37

The Government has revealed that it received more FOI requests last year than ever before. 
Government receives almost 50,000 FOI requests in 2012, more than ever beforeBy continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information Accept The cookie settings on this website are set to "a…
MP Tom Watson wants to strengthen FOI. 
Tom Watson on Leveson, libel and Murdoch – News – Milton Keynes CitizenTom Watson swapped Murdoch for millionaires during a visit to MK today. The West Bromwich MP is best known for his crusade against phone …
Department for Education’s FOI monitoring performance borderline. 
Michael Gove could face legal action over his department’s failure to answer 85% of Freedom of Information requests on timeLegal action against the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has not been ruled out by the data protection watchdog following serious fail…
Transport for London boss buys Boris toys (on expenses) 
TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy claimed £180 expenses for toy bus gifts to Boris JohnsonIt is thought he bought five of the £34.99 Corgi models of the Mayor’s new Routemaster bus. Critics have complained at the use of public …
Thousands of children in care go missing each year 
Thousands of children in care go missing every yearNearly 3,000 children placed in care were repeatedly running away last year, with one able to go missing a total of 67 times in twelve mo…
Staff in the House of Commons 
Tripping over umbrellas and tearing trousers: House of Commons pays out £40,000 in compensation – TelegraphBetween January 2008 and January 2013 employees have received a total of £44,609.49 in compensation, a Freedom of Information request has…
Sunderland job centre staff attacked by unemployed 
Sunderland Jobcentre staff suffer attacks from angry unemployed – Latest news – Sunderland EchoATTACKS and threats on Jobcentre staff in Sunderland have almost tripled during the past year. The latest figures spark concerns that wor…

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