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The Information Commissioner's Office has ordered two public bodies to improve the way they deal with internal reviews It has issued practice recommendations to both the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and Cardiff Council over internal reviews, which someone refused data under Freedom of Information can require. Such reviews normally …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    ICO fail: "We will take action against those who show a lack of progress"

    Bloody do something then!

  2. Neal 5

    however, if we want info from you, 3 working days or jail

    "We will take action against those who show a lack of progress, commitment and engagement with regards to their responsibilities under the Act."

    Eventually, or after such a time peiod that you lose all interest or die whichever event occurs first, if it's you wanting info from us.

  3. Cameron Colley

    "Take action"

    Pray tell, how will they do that?

    Since these are government run bodies they can't be fined or, rather, if they are it makes no difference to anyone apart from the taxpayer whose money is wasted during the process. Perhaps people will be arrested and sentenced? Perhaps also pigs will fly.

  4. Number6

    Not the only ones

    DCSF haven't been particularly good at FOI requests either, being very secretive and obstructive. They refuse to publish information and then whinge about costs when people ask for it via the FOI route, which appears to be a deliberate policy of secrecy to me.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    FOI, foi, fol

    FoI looks like Fol online so how about some capitalisation of prepositions to even it out FOI.

  6. JimC

    With massive cuts in public spending needed

    is the FOI act a luxury we can do without to help make those cuts?

    1. Trevor Pott o_O Gold badge
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      No, but public pork projects designed to guarantee politicians cushy directorships, and other such remunerations most definitely are. Laws and acts designed to allow citizens greater access and oversight in the working of their government are never a "luxury." They are instead an absolute necessity. It’s called “keeping the politicians honest.” They aren’t remotely honest now, with everyone looking. Imagine what they’d get up to if they had free reign.

      After all, it’s the same logic they use against the citizens they work for.

  7. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    "is the FOI act a luxury we can do without to help make those cuts?"

    spoken like either a civil servant or a member of the Climate Change Research Unit.

    How *dare* you have to answer questions from the general public. Like the general public had some sort of *right* to know what was going on. the very impudence of the idea.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    FIRE the b@st@rds!!!

    I can't be the only one commenting here who is heartily sick and tired of the double standards that seem to exist between the conditions of ordinary working people and govt/local govt employees.

    Out here in the real world we get FIRED when we fail to perform - and we don't get huge golden handshakes for the privilege either. Or a horizontal shift into another sinecure job.

    As far as most of us are concerned, these constant expressions of concern have no meaning or merit whatever - it's unchecked incompetence - irresponsible at best, criminal at worst.

    Until we start reading about people being fired - preferably the people at the top not the bottom, it's all just piss in the wind. And by fired, I mean fired - not early retirement onto an income most of us can only dream about, or a quiet shift to another cushy number.

  9. Winkypop Silver badge


    (Data) Found On Infrastructure (Bus, Train, Ferry, etc)

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