How to fight the proposed FOI changes

A new petition on the No.10 e-petitions website calls for signatories opposed to the Private Member’s Bill that would exempt the Westminster Parliament from its own FoI Act.

The petition is sponsored by Barry Winetrobe at the Centre for Law at Napier University and he’s hoping that with enough supporters, this bill will be rejected.

Please sign up and spread the word to colleagues etc, via your websites, blogs, email groups etc.

You can write to your MP to oppose the Government’s proposed changes to the fees regulations of the Freedom of Information Act at their postal address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or by using the WriteToThem website – which will help you identify your MP and send them a message for free.

An Early Day Motion opposing the changes has been promoted by an all-party coalition of MPs – Tony Wright (Lab), Alan Beith (Lib Dem), Dominic Grieve (Con), Richard Shepherd (Con), Mark Fisher (Lab) and Simon Hughes (Lib Dem). Ask your MP to sign EDM 845 on Freedom of Information.

If your MP has already signed the EDM you can still write and tell them of your concern. Public pressure is the only way to stop these changes becoming law.

Finally, there are still a few days to respond to the government’s consultation paper on the draft regulations, which runs until 8 March. The consultation paper is available from the DCA website. The questions are very narrowly drawn and based on flawed reasoning, but there is no need to limit yourself to the seven questions.

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