The committee looking into the functioning of the FOI Act has issued some idea of where its deliberations are going when it comes to local government:
Futures Forum: The Freedom of Information Act >>> 'We appreciate that some public authorities are concerned by the burdens imposed on them by the Act and the associated costs. However, the introduction of new fees would lead to a reduction in the ability of requesters to make use of the Act'
It does seem difficult to get public authorities to be more transparent:
Futures Forum: Freedom of Information and local government >>> persistence pays
Futures Forum: The Freedom of Information Act and Local Enterprise Partnerships >>> making public contracts transparent
There are several ongoing attempts to gain information from the District Council using the Freedom of Information request route:
Futures Forum: Manstone Depot: "The council has a growing appetite to build its own council housing."
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project >>> Cabinet considers the latest figures - and avoids the issues >>> Wednesday 6th April
Futures Forum: The Freedom of Information Act and East Devon >>> "This council spends a large amount of taxpayers' money on FOI requests."
The following message has just been received from the author of a new book out on dealing with councils:
As an individual with a direct interest in the workings of
local government, I wanted to make you aware of my newly revised book that lifts
the lid on working as an officer in local government. Probably the first of its
kind to be published in the UK and hopefully something that will be of interest
"Sorry, It's Not My Department", highlights the problems
encountered (and caused!) by those working in town halls throughout the country.
The book uses real life case studies and anecdotes to emphasize the problems
within councils and explains why the public are NOT getting the value for money
Before you start thinking this is just a sales pitch I want
to make it clear that I am NOT here to make a fortune from the book. Instead I
want to raise the public interest in local politics and lift the lid on what
REALLY happens in town halls.
I can't put a hyperlink into this format
but you can search for "Sorry It's Not My Department" on Amazon to learn more
about the book (Kindle and hard copy) and read some of the reviews.
Alternatively look at my profile on What Do They Know and follow the
My hope is that you will feel able to share this information with
any of your contacts/ colleagues who you feel may be interested.
would like to discuss some of the issues raised in the book then please feel
free to contact me.
Sorry, It's Not My Department: Where the money really goes in your town hall and the ways public services can be improved.: Amazon.co.uk: Rob Tape: 9781512059182: Books
And this piece has just been published on-line today:
Whistleblower’s book ignored by all Croydon’s councillors | Inside Croydon