Welcome to this week’s FOI headlines, week ending December 7th 2012.

Freedom of Information headlines/roundup week ending Friday 7th December

A round up of the top stories relating to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, from the United Kingdom. Produced by @FOIDirectory / www.foidirectory.co.uk

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Attempts to make ‘arms-length’ bodies subject to the Freedom of Information Act in Scotland have failed, as the idea has been removed from amendments to the act. 
Bodies avoid being open to scrutiny – Politics – Scotsman.comAN EFFORT to force councils to open up arms-length bodies and large contractors to public scrutiny has been withdrawn from new freedom of…
It may have been published at the very end of last week but the Government’s response to the Justice Select Committee’s review of the Freedom of Information Act has been getting reaction for the past week. Here’s a summary of some of the responses. 
If you missed the response then the main points are outlined in my post here. 
Cost limit of Freedom of Information requests may be reduced: Government responds to review of FOIThe Government has issued its response to a review of the Freedom of Information Act by a scrutiny committee. They agree that the Freedom…
Better analysis and commentary comes from the following two posts from Paul Gibbons (@FOIMan) and Ibrahim Hasan @ActNowTraining
Full Circle – the Government’s response to the Justice Select CommitteePaul Gibbons comments on the Ministry of Justice’s response to the Post-Legislative Scrutiny report on behalf of the Save FOI Campaign. A…
My thoughts on Government response to Justice Committee’s #FOI review report: http://actnowtraining.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/changes-to-foi-government-response-to-justice-committee-report/ #SaveFOIIbrahim Hasan
A FOI request has revealed London councils are sending homeless families as far as Newcastle to find accommodation due to a shortage available to them. 
London councils face questions for housing families outside the capitalThe government has called in London councils over concerns that homelessness numbers are soaring, after research revealed the scale of pl…
FInally an update to a story from last week. The motion put to parliament by Labour MP Grahame Morris to include private healthcare companies who receive public money in the FOI Act. 
The petition now has more than 30 signatures from MPs supporting the proposals. 
‘Private healthcare companies must be subject to FoI’ – Public ServicePrivate healthcare companies should be subject to freedom of information just like the NHS, say MPs
Just as I finished writing this post Grahame Morris tweeted at me saying the number has increased to 35, with my old MP from Sheffield having signed the petition. 
@FOIdirectory @govnews :TY 35th excellent Paul Blomfield MP Sheffield CentralGrahame Morris
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