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FOIA and loathing: why government departments are less free with their information

Whitehall and the public would benefit from greater transparency

By Gavin Freeguard  

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They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, but clouds have been gathering over Whitehall for the last few years. Government departments are granting a lower proportion of freedom of information (FoI) requests in full now compared to 2010, let alone 2005, when the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) came into operation.

2020 marks not only the 15th anniversary of the Act—which allows citizens to request information from the…

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