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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Cost battle over FOI in UK

Quite a fuss in the UK, after the Government responded to a report about the first year of operation of the FOI Act by announcing some changes to the fees regime. The effect would be to increase the number of applications that can be rejected on cost grounds and limit applications from the same person or organisation.

One of the documents released is a research report by Frontier Economics. It includes some interesting detail about the cost of FOI - the total for central government agencies is 24.4million UKpounds. The average cost of the 7.5 hours involved in dealing with the typical application is 254 UKpounds.

Here is what one critic says of the Government proposal. There is plenty more on Steve Wood's UK FOI blog.

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