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Members of the public could be charged up to £100 to submit requests for information to councils, police forces or the Government under a right-to-know crackdown.

 

A commission set up by ministers to examine changes to Britain’s Freedom of Information regulations has confirmed that it was looking at copying countries such as Germany, New Zealand and Ireland which charge individuals to make requests.

 

The review will also examine whether cabinet ministers should be given greater powers to veto information requests and if some exempted categories should be extended.

 

While the commission has yet to suggest a fee structure, Germany usually charges €50 (£37) to €100 per request, although this can be as high as €500. New Zealand levies $38 (£16) for each 30 minutes spent collating information after the first hour.

 

Although the commission made a public call for evidence on the topic, campaigners fear its result will be a foregone conclusion. At least one of its five members, Jack Straw, is a critic of the Freedom of Information Act; the chair is a former senior Whitehall official, and there is no representative of any group known to be in favour of keeping the legislation as it stands.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/public-could-have-to-pay-100-to-make-freedom-of-information-requests-under-right-to-know-crackdown-a6688581.html

 

 

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/foi-commission/call-for-evidence

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Yet more proposed legislatation to curtail access to justice

 

When are people going to say enough is enough and fight back

 

The public has a right to know how their taxation is spent

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We know where a sizeable chunk of that taxation goes, responding to tens of thousands of FOI without charge. I think it fair enough to make a charge. No actual fee has been mentioned yet.

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Such a charge makes Freedom of Information a misnomer to begin with. Those who can't afford to gain the information they require to make a case will be denied justice, sounds about right for the totalitarian UK government we have today, especially if they extend the exempted categories as well.

 

Lawyers should have the right to access this information for free, otherwise, the cost will be added to the clients bill which can result in the client having to drop the case due to lack of funding. Is this what passes for justice in the UK now?

 

Personally, I think FOI requests should be completely free with a nominal administration charge at most. Since most of the people compiling this information are minimum wage earners, that means a very low cost for compilation, even if you add postage. There should also be no exempted categories apart from an individuals personal information which should only be accessible by the individual themselves, (or their immediate relatives if the individual is deceased). exempting things from FOI allows certain things to remain hidden which allows things to remain unaccountable.

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