Freedom of information access kicks off

By Nick Holmes on January 27, 2005
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With full access rights under the Freedom of Information Act now in force, there is a plethora of information about the new regime. The Department for Constitutional Affairs is responsible for the Act’s implementation and includes full information on all aspects on its FOI, including the following main sections:

  • How to Use the Act
  • Understanding the Act (detailed Guidance notes)
  • Implementing the Act (for public authorities)
  • Background to the Act

DCA FOI pages

To keep up with developments in this area your first port of call should be the extensive UK Freedom of Information Act Blog maintained by Steve Wood, Lecturer in information management at Liverpool John Moores University.

FOIA blog

Focussed on how the new access laws are being used and implemented in practice is the Your Right to Know weblog maintained by Heather Brooke, a journalist who specialises in FOI issues.

Your Right to Know

The Guardian maintains an FOI section which includes the latest articles on freedom of information issues and a practical guide on where to start and what you can do if the bureaucrats won’t play fair.

Guardian FOI section