FOI Guidance from Dept for Constitutional Affairs

Despite having four-years to publish its much-needed guidance on the needlessly complex Freedom of Information Act, the DCA advice came out just two months before the Act was implemented.

View the guidelines here.

The guidance is aimed at officials in government departments, public authorities and the public, though I’m sure all would have found it much more useful when they were first getting started with their preparations rather than in the final stages.

Procedural Guidance – A guide to processing information requests.
Introduction to Exemptions – An introductory guide to the use of exemptions.
Summaries of Exemptions – A summary of each exemption, highlighting the key issues.
Exemptions Guidance – Detailed guidance on the use of exemptions and factors to be taken into account when considering their application.
Guidance is also available on publication schemes