Cameron Raises Costs of Freedom of Information Requests 60X ?

I heard last week that the government was intending to raise the fees charged for requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act from £10 to £600. I really don’t know if this is true or not, but if it is, it shows that the government is very worried. In fact, from this it seems that they’re actually terrified witless of people finding out what’s really going on and how their policies are wrecking lives and killing people.

I’ve no doubt that if challenged, the Tories would probably try to justify this exorbitant rise with some flim-flam about it representing the real costs of finding the information, and that searches for it take civil servants away from their real job, which is getting the country back on its feet after decades of Labour misrule… and so on. The lies, excuses and prevarications they use are pretty much the same across the board, regardless of the issue, so you can practically predict what Cameron and his androids are going to say.

And I don’t believe a word of it.

The real reason seems to be that people filing requests for information under the FOIA have seriously embarrassed the government, particularly Mike over at Vox Political and the other disability rights activists and bloggers. People like Johnny Void, Guy Debord’s Cat, DPAC and so many others. They’ve tried turning down these requests as ‘vexatious’, and been overruled. The disability activists have not been cowed into submission, or deterred. And it’s clearly hurt. So much so that the information they released to Mike was not the information he requested. It’s now any attempt to stop information reaching the public at any cost. But obviously it has to be very expensive, and the burden must fall on the person making the request.

To paraphrase the slogan for the ’80s horror movie, The Fly:

They’re afraid.
They’re very afraid.

And have absolute contempt for the principles of open government.

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6 Responses to “Cameron Raises Costs of Freedom of Information Requests 60X ?”

  1. Michelle Says:

    That £600 limit is already active within the current legislation: “An organisation can also refuse your Freedom of Information (FOI) request if it will cost more than £450 (£600 for central government) to find and extract the information.”

    Ref: https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-information-request/if-your-request-is-turned-down

    On the fee: “Costs

    Most requests are free but you might be asked to pay a small amount for photocopies or postage. You’ll be told by the organisation if you have to pay anything.” Ref: https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-information-request/how-to-make-an-foi-request

    Useful advice on making an FOI: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/foi/foi-universities/academics-guide-to-foi.pdf

  2. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  3. sasson1 Says:

    Reblogged this on Sasson Hann and commented:
    Reblogged on: https://sassonhann.wordpress.com/

    I guess that we’ll have to crowdfund such requests!

  4. conartistocracy Says:

    More schizophrenic government. Citizens under surveillance everywhere, govt pushing to have rights to all our information, yet the “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear” doesn’t apply to them. More “progress” in the direction that you only have rights if you have wealth. Ordinary people are being priced out of jobs, housing, education, legal protection, medical care, etc. Not a surprise that exposing the facts now comes with an exorbitant price-tag.

  5. conartistocracy Says:

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.

  6. The Porcelain Doll Says:

    Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

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